It’s time for a new set of action superheroes to step into the spotlight this summer on Sky Sports. They will wow you with every stroke, smash, pass and putt they make, taking you from the intensity of international cricket to the thrills and spills of F1. Don’t want to miss a minute of it? Not a problem. We’ve put together a super summer of sport calendar, so you can start planning your viewing now. And don’t worry if you’re out and about when the big events are on. You can also watch every thrilling moment on the go with the Sky Sports app. So get yourself ready for a massive summer of sport! Here are the men who’ll be making the magic happen...
The battling batsman… Joe Root
Where you can watch him: It’s a hectic summer of cricket for Root and England, with multi-format series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan on home soil keeping them very busy indeed. You can follow every boundary, wicket and thrilling run chase only on Sky Sports.
Most likely to: Unleash a barrage of boundaries. England have an unhealthy knack of crumbling under pressure, but not Root. The batsman has a steady head on his young shoulders, though he’s not just about being rock solid at the crease. When the time comes you can expect Root to to wrestle a match back in his side’s favour. It’s all in a day’s work for the unassuming Yorkshireman.
Catch him in England v Pakistan – First Test, 14 July, Sky Sports 2
The courageous captain… Dylan Hartley
Where you can watch him: Hartley and his England teammates face a tough Test series in Australia this summer, with the first of three matches – all exclusively live on Sky Sports – kicking off in Brisbane on 11 June. Can the Red Rose gain some revenge over their old rivals following last year’s disastrous defeat at the Rugby World Cup?
Most likely to: Lead from the front. Hartley’s colourful discipline record may have raised doubts around his leadership potential. But his exemplary performances throughout the team’s successful 2016 RBS 6 Nations campaign went a long way to prove that coach Eddie Jones was right to give him the captain’s armband.
Catch him in Australia v England – First Test, 11 June, Sky Sports 1
The star with something to prove… Rory McIlroy
Where you can watch him: Get ready for loads of top-class golf this summer, with Rory McIlroy competing at the US Open, the PGA Championship and the Open Championship – which is exclusively live on Sky Sports for the first time ever. McIlroy took home the Claret Jug in 2014 and will be desperate to do so again, as he attempts to take back the top ranking spot.
Most likely to: Prove his doubters wrong. McIlroy has struggled to produce his usual magic this year, with zero tournament wins telling its own tale. But write him off at your peril. The dogged Irishman usually comes out swinging when he’s backed into a corner and has recorded some of his best results down the years while under extreme pressure.
Catch him in The Open Championship, 14 July on Sky Sports 4
The summer smasher… Andy Murray
Where you can watch him: The ATP season goes full throttle during the summer, as hard-court tournaments in North America separate the men from the boys. One event that Andy Murray will have marked down in his diary is the Rogers Cup in Toronto at the end of July – a tournament that he won last year by beating Novak Djokovic in the final. It’ll be good preparation for the Rio Olympics, too, as he looks to win another gold medal.
Most likely to: Discover some form. Murray has blown hot and cold so far in 2016, but the history books show that he tends to produce his best tennis during the second half of the season. In fact, 11 of his 13 career titles have come between the months of July and September. It must be something in the summer air.
Catch him in 2016 Rogers Cup, 25 July on Sky Sports
The comeback king… Lewis Hamilton
Where you can watch him: There’s plenty of blistering F1 action to enjoy on Sky Sports this summer (the only place to watch every race live), but it’s the British Grand Prix on 10 July that home favourite Lewis Hamilton will be aching to win. It’s been a bumpy road for the Brit this season, with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg setting the pace early on, but don’t expect Hamilton to give up the fight just yet.
Most likely to: Stage a remarkable comeback. If there’s one driver that has the sheer talent to gain ground on Rosberg and make it a title race to remember, it’s Hamilton. Love him or loathe him, he has the kind of single-mindedness that’s the hallmark of champions.
Catch him in 2016 FORMULA 1 MONACO GRAND PRIX, 29 May on Sky Sports F1 (CH 517)
The Englishman abroad… Frank Lampard
Where you can watch him: Club football is alive and well over in the USA this summer, with a busy schedule of MLS action being shown live on Sky Sports. Frank Lampard’s New York City FC are at the heart of the drama, with a local derby against New York Red Bulls standing out among the feast of games. But will he make an impact? The midfielder has been plagued by injury this season, so now’s his time to rise to stateside hero status.
Most likely to: Return from injury and score a belter from 30 yards. One of the most cultured midfielders England has ever produced, Lampard still has the ability to turn a game on his head with a sublime piece of skill.