Monday, 2 January 2017

Farewell 2016 - roll on 2017

What a year 2016 was for sport, especially for Leicester City, the Wales football team, Team GB at the Olympics and Paralympics and for Andy Murray.

It's a hard act to follow, but here are some of the highlights we can look forward to in 2017:

June 26- July 23 - Women's Cricket World Cup - Hosts England finished third four years ago. Can they make home advantage count this time?

January 16-29: Australian Open - Sir Andy Murray has been runner up down under give times now, but he's never started the tournament as World Number One. Will 2017 be his year, and can Joanna Konta go further than her semi final appearance last year?

February 4: Six Nations - England are on a 14 match winning run and were unbeaten in 2016. Can anyone stop them in the Six Nations?

June 1 & 3: Champions League finals - Cardiff's Principality Stadium hosts the women's and men's finals. Will there be any English teams represented?

June 24: New Zealand v British & Irish Lions, first Test -  The much anticipated Lions tour gets under way. They beat Australia in a tight series four years ago. Can Warren Gatland lead them to second series victory, this time in his own back yard?

July 3-16: Wimbledon - Can Andy Murray defend his title to make it a hat-trick of wins?

July 6-10: England v South Africa, first Test, Lord's - Will Alistair Cook still be England captain for the start of the series? The series will also feature the first day-night test in England at Edgbaston on 17 August

July 16 - August 6:  Women's Euro 2017, Netherlands - England and Scotland have been drawn in the same group. Can England improve on their third place in the World Cup in 2015?

August 4-13: Athletics World Championships - London hosts the Championships and will witness the swansongs of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt. Will they both end on a high?

August 9-26: Women's Rugby World Cup, Ireland - Can England defend their title?

August - 18-20: Solheim Cup, Des Moines, USA - The USA had the upper hand over Europe in the Ryder Cup last year, but can Euope's women gain revenge?

November 23-27: Australia v England, first Ashes Test, Brisbane - The Ashes starts again. With the Ashes record 32 series wins each and 5 draws, can England win down under to hold onto the urn and move ahead in series wins?