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Summary - Few years offer as much reason to get excited as 2019, with England going for World Cup glory in two sports.

If 2018 was a great sporting year, 2019 is set to be an even greater one, with some of the biggest sports set to stage their greatest events.

Cricket will certainly be top of the bill this year. The summer will bring the ICC World Cup, a tournament that features the best ten 50-over sides in the world. The excitement in the host nation cannot be exaggerated, as England are hot favourites to win the tournament for the first time due to their extraordinary batting power.

The event will run from June into July, after which Ireland play their first ever Test match in England at Lord's, a tasty starter before the Ashes. The Aussies won the urn 4-0 last time, but have struggled since then amid the fall-out from the sandpaper scandal. However, banned stars Steve Smith and David Warner will be available for the series. Their reception from the fans should be interesting to say the least.

For travelling fans, there will be some superb tours to enjoy. In February, the England team head to the West Indies for a tour including three Tests, five ODIs and three T20 games.

The Caribbean is one of the most popular touring venues, as are the two destinations at the end of the year as England visit New Zealand to play two Tests and then South Africa for four.

Having won eight of their last nine Tests, England have been on a roll. Could 2019 see them crowned the leading side in both Tests and the 50-over game?

Cricket is not the only sport with a World Cup this year, as the world's best rugby teams gather in Japan in September. Holders New Zealand will be the favourites yet again with Ireland the most fancied northern Hemisphere team, but could England leave behind a difficult 2018 for a brilliant 2019?

Clues about the form of the European sides will emerge in the Six Nations Championship, with England starting their campaign with a daunting trip to Dublin. They are also away to Wales. However, there are three matches at Twickenham to look forward to, with France (February 10th), Italy (March 9th) and Scotland (March 16th) lined up.

If cricket and rugby have World Cups to look forward to, 2019 will bring its own fascinations as F1 returns. As ever, there will be rule changes, driver moves, new faces and many declarations of intent. However, one thing that will not change is that Lewis Hamilton will be much fancied to win another world championship. Having equalled the five secured by the great Juan Manuel Fangio, another win will leave him just one behind Michael Schumacher.

Naturally, there will be particular iconic Grand Prix dates that British fans will be interested in. The British grand Prix at Silverstone takes place on July 14th, while those who fancy a trip to Monte Carlo can enjoy the Monaco Grand Prix on May 26th. The new season starts down under on March 17th in Melbourne.

With regular staples such as Wimbledon, the Grand National and the FA Cup final, 2019 will have lots of sporting events to enjoy. But for cricket, rugby and F1 fans, this could be a very special year indeed.

 

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