Australian Open: Let’s start with some tennis before we focus on the cricket, because the next fortnight is going to be all about Melbourne Park. And nobody will be under more scrutiny than home favourite Ash Barty, as Simon Cambers reports.
In a country that loves its sporting heroes like no other, Barty is as popular as any of them, if not more so. Down to earth, humble and gutsy, she epitomises all Australians recognise in a true sporting icon. But what has the country and the city even more excited is that in two weeks’ time, if things go her way, the world No 1 could make another piece of personal history by lifting the women’s title at the Australian Open.
Hello everybody and welcome to another busy Sunday Sportwatch.
Leading off today we have Big Bash League action with the struggling Hurricanes welcoming the high-flying Strikers to Hobart. That one gets underway at 2.45pm.
While we’re keeping a close eye on the cricket there will be a separate liveblog launching around 4pm to take in the spectacle that is Conor McGregor’s return to the octagon.
At the same time the day’s football kicks off with Western United v Central Coast Mariners in the A-League and Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory in the W-League.
As we move into the evening’s action another liveblog will commence around 6.30pm to see you through the deciding ODI of the series between India and Australia from Bengaluru.
Prichard Parkin will slip into the hot-seat over here and he will have the pleasure of narrating a crucial A-League encounter between the Wanderers and Glory (also 6.30pm start). That is a match under-fire Wanderers coach Markus Babbel dare not lose.
Alongside that from 7.10pm there’s more BBL action with the Heat hosting the cellar-dwelling Renegades.
If that wasn’t enough, throughout the day there’ll be tennis news filtering through from the Australian Open, the finale of the Women’s Tour Down Under, and the resumption of play in the third Test between South Africa and England.