Ken Piesse has had a love affair with cricket ever first accompanying his dad to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and scoring the old Sheffield Shield games. He was truly hooked by the time Santa brought him a copy of the 1965 Wisden one Christmas.
A radio commentator and feature journalist for Fox Sports’ popular Inside Cricket, Ken is also the author of nearly 30 books on the sport, including Cricket’s Colosseum: 125 Years of Test Cricket at the MCG, T.J. Over the Top and All Out for One, a compendium of his best interviews and anecdotes from the past 30 years. He edited Cricketer and Australian Cricket magazines for 25 years, and has won many Cricket Victoria media awards for writing and radio. He is the president of the Australian Cricket Society.
Ken once dismissed Bob Hawke in a match at the MCG, prompting the Prime Minister to respond that it was the first time he’d been caught out by a journalist in 25 years. He also had David Hookes caught on the fence at the MCG one day, but says Hookesy was hitting into a howling gale and there was no such thing as roped-off boundaries back then.
His most recent book was The Greatest Game: Timeless tales from the greats of Aussie Rules.