In previous decades the England cricket team treated One - Day Internationals as work. They clocked in, scored the perfunctory 270 off the 50 overs and then failed to defend it. There was little kudos in winning these series around the world and so why give that extra effort the attitude? But the ECB have acted after yet another disastrous 50 over World Cup and bought in one-day specialist coach Trevor Bayliss to change all that. It had an instant effect with England enjoying a thrilling series with NZ in the summer and Pakistan in the winters with some big scores and exciting one-day potential unleashed. This five match series in South Africa would see where we are on that new era.
Match 1@ Bloemfontein Feb 3rd
The flattest of flat pitches greeted England for their opening game and a great toss to win. Its would be record breaking day for the new and exciting one-day side as England a relaxed looking batting line up charged to a an opening one hundred off just 13 overs with Roy smacking 48 off just 30 balls. Hales is more suited to the uncomplicated limited overs and scored a run a ball 57 with Joe Root retiring on 52 as Joss Butler, coming in at 4, hit the ball and ground running to sit 230-3 off just 30 overs with 400 in sight. Butler smashed his slowest of his four ODI centuries although still only 76 balls. Stokes polished off the innings with 57 off 38 balls with Willey and Topley unable to bring up the 400 and one run short. 399 was comfortably England’s highest ever ODI score away from England. England had reached 350 just twice in their first 645 ODIs but have passed that landmark 5 times in the last 15 matches. The other records in this game were the first time 8 different England batsmen have hit a six in an innings and 15 sixes a record for one innings for England.
===England's highest ODI totals===
408-9 (50 overs) v New Zealand, Edgbaston, June 2015
399-9 (50 overs) v South Africa, Bloemfontein, February 2016
391-4 (50 overs) v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge, June 2005
365-9 (46 overs) v New Zealand, The Oval, June 2015
363-7 (55 overs) v Pakistan, Trent Bridge, August 1992
South Africa gave it a go and hard not to on the lump of concrete as the bowlers continued to toil. Willey nipped out Amla early before de Kock and du Plessis (55) put on 100 at a good lick and just about up with the rate. But with a thrilling 138* from De Kock at 250-5 after 33 overs the heavens opened and that was that, the crowd denied a close finish as England won by 37 runs on the D/L. De Kock is now the youngest South African to 2000 one-day runs at 23-years young.
===South Africa 250-5===
De Kock 138*
Du Plessis 55
===Match2@Port Elizabeth Feb 6th===
Back to the coast and South Africa hit first with a par score 262- 7 on a slightly slower pitch with the England bowers just on top throughout. De Villiers top scored with 73 off 91 balls with 40s from token black player Duminy and a run a ball Du Plessis. No one at the end could really middle it and so Topley picked up an excellent 4-50. The total did indeed prove to be par as England’s powerful batting line set about methodically chasing it down with Hales putting on 97 with Root (38) and 52 with Morgan (29) before being caught behind for 99, the first batsmen to ever be out for 99 in both international T20 and 50 over ODI. But at a run a ball 205-5 the job was done and Butler celebrated his cut price £385,000 auction price by the Mumbai Indians for the IPL by finishing the job with a vicious 48 of 28 balls for the 5 wicket win with just 22 balls left and so a 2-0 lead.
De Villiers 73
Du Plessis 46
===England win by 5 wickets===
===Match 3@Pretoria Feb9th===
England batted first on a one paced pitch with some bounce and carry at altitude and duly scored well. With their first seven batsmen they have the best batting line up of the ODI countries and if at least one scores a hundred, which they should, 300 minimum is the target, which they did. Hales now looks comfortable in the anchor role with the ability to accelerate at any time and a big future ahead of him, at least at the one-day stuff. You can see he is trying to get back in the test team by batting sensibly here but it’s that conflict that will hold him back. A partnership of 125 with Root ended when he swiped out for 65 meant and after a little wobble the aggressive Stokes joined the party to bring up the 250 before Root was run out for 125. Another wobble meant Stokes couldn’t quite exploit the last few overs with 53 and out before Willey and Rashid secured the 300 plus.
===One-day-tons for England===
12 Marcus Trescothick 123 Matches
9 Kevin Pietersen 134 Matches
8 Graham Gooch 125 Matches
7 Joe Root 66 Matches
7 David Gower 114 Matches
7 Eoin Morgan 134 Matches
The secret to one-day cricket is partnerships. If you don’t get out scoring slowly together you can catch up with the run rate as you don’t get used to the conditions. Then when one gets out the other one is well set and can do the same with the next guy. If you are too aggressive and lose regular wickets you never have a guy that is in and so will score big, the way Root did, the way Hales did in the previous two games. And boy did South Africa build a partnership, a record 239 for the first wicket and just 17 behind their all time wicket ODI partnership. De Kock was brilliant, his 4th ODI ton in 6 innings, smashing 6x6s in his 135, the youngest player to make 10 ODI centuries - his 23 years and 54 days beating the 23 years and 129 days of India's Virat Kohli. Amla helped himself to 127 with a 62 partnership with Du Plessis (33), Hashim Amla now seventh in the all time list with 22 ODI centuries, as South Africa got home with ease at 319-3 with 26 balls to spare.
===South Africa 319-3===
De Kock 135
DU Plessis 33
===RSA win by 7 wickets
===Match 4@Joburg Feb 13th===
Chris Jordan and David Willey were scapegoat for the last defeat and in came Woakes and Broad to try and seal the series, the two guys left out of next months Twenty20 World Cup. Still at altitude England hit first and looked good at 87-1 with Hales going well on a run a ball 50. But Tahir had him caught in the deep slogging and Root had to hang on in there as England collapsed to 108-6 as the ‘offy’ took 3-9. Woakes crampons got some traction as he put on 95 with the always imperious Joe Root before slogging out for 33. Root (109) departed in the deep for his second straight hundred at 233-8 before Rashid finished on 39* at 262 all out to set some sort of total with 14 balls left. All ten England bats were caught. The pace of Rabada at altitude proved decisive with 4-45. Root if joint third in the all time England list now for hundreds.
South Africa looked to be struggling at 143-5 off 30 overs with De Villiers out for 36 and the dangerous de Kock (27) back in the pavilion but Beherdien got things back on track with 38 to bring up the 200 before they wobbled again to look on the edge of defeat qt 208-8. But enter the exciting all-rounder and no nonsense Chris Morris who took over the match and caned 62 off 38 balls for a dramatic one wicket victory to keep the series alive with a thrilling victory to a huge roar from the home crowd as the two teams headed to Cape Town for the decider. His previous highest was just 12 runs in his 9 ODIs. If you don’t bat your overs you generally lose one-day matches and proved the case here. Last week Morris was bought for 70 million rupees (£707,882, or $1,027,607) by the Delhi Daredevils at the Indian Premier League, a surprise to everyone, but maybe a bargain.
===Match 5@ Cape Town Feb 14th===
Momentum was with the home side and England had to exploit first hit here with their superior batting. They had a decent start after losing Roy early again as Hales held things together to sit England nice at 155-3 with 20 overs to go. But the excellent Rabada caused another collapse as he pinged Stokes out for 29 and Butler for his second straight duck to set up the possible hatrick as Moen blacked the ‘yorker’. Hales made his hundred and 9th out on 112 at 223-8 as England were again bowled out and 236 no where near enough. Hales set the record for most one-day runs in a 5 match ODI series in the process with 383 for England and also only the sixth guy to score 5 straight fifties in ODI for England.
South Africa looked in big trouble at 23-3 with Topley all over them. Amla stopped any more damage with 59 putting on 125 with De Villiers. Amla dismissal was the signal for De villiers to explode and win the game with overs to spare with his hundred coming off the winning run in the 44th over. His 71 partnership with Wiese (41*) came off just 40 balls for the 5 wicket victory and series win. De Villiers, with his 24th ODI ton, is sixth in the all time list and, some what amazingly, only one behind Sangakarra’s 25 but in only half the matches. He is some player.
De Villiers 101*
RSA win by 5 wickets
===RSA WIN SERIES 3-2===
It was England’s 7th ODI series in 9 and still no real sign they care enough about the format. Like I say it used to be work to rule approach to it all but they do seem more on it now and competitive with Bayliss attacking style. Morgan is a good leader but in consistent with the bat where it matters at 4 and so that needs to be sorted. England also needs more off-spin and a really tricky seamer. If they throw the bat this will happen though…
I currently am subscribed to the full sky package, which includes H.D., sky plus, movies, everything else, and most importantly sports.
Without sky sports, I would be completely stuck. Within the last few years sky have started buying up most major sporting fixtures. When this started happening, I quickly shifted to sky and have since been drawn into everything they offer.
I am primarily a cricket fan, and so it was rather an easy decision to sign up to sky, seeing as 99% of all cricket is shown there (with the exception of ITV 4's IPL). The Ashes in 2009 were fantastically broadcast in HD which was a pleasure to watch. For the rest of the summer they have a monopoly over the county matches too.
The cash inflow into Sky enables them to buy out all the most popular pundits, commentators and presenters, which in all makes for a better view and better analysis. I definitely agree with BBC keeping the major sporting events (such as the open, wimbledon etc), but they really struggle to keep up with the quality in coverage.
Sky sports is really not a difficult decision for a sports fan. It's worth the £20 a month (for sports alone).
Sky Sports 1 is part of Sky Sports which is the brand name for a group of sports-oriented television channels operated by the UK and Ireland's main satellite pay-TV company, British Sky Broadcasting.
Sky Sports 1 along with Sky Sports, 2, 3, and 4 are available as a premium package on top of the basic Sky package as well as being available as a premium package with Virgin Media. The cost of adding the premium package varies from £20 a month, currently if you are with Virgin media and £18 if you are with Sky
Sky Sports 1 is the main sky sports channel and shows a wide variety of sports from Football to fishing. The other sports that it shows are below:
Rugby League and Union
Sky Sports 1 does not just shows these sports, it shows the best of each sport from the Ryder Cup, the Champions League, La Liga, Premier League, WWE Raw and Smackdown, the Ashes, the Heineken Cup and Darts World Championship.
Overall as a sports fanatic and even though, my Virgin Media bill is about £60 per month and a third of it is spent on 4 channels (Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 and 4), it's worth the money as I watch Sky Sports everyday and love it so much, I decide to get a extra Virgin Media box so that I can watch Sports when I want and my fiancée can watch what she wants. I got a V+ box installed today and we agreed that she gets to use the V+ box in the lounge but I do get to watch sports, so I'm happy :)
Thank you for reading my review and ladies my apologises if your boyfriends or husband start watching more TV, on your sofas and on Sky Sports
As a Sky+ subscriber, I have the full Sky package. One of the main and biggest advantages of this is that I have access to SkySports which are my favourite channels.
The channels offer a wide range of sports, which include;
- Football (Barclays Premier League, Coca-Cola Championship, UEFA Champions League, Carling Cup, Coca-Cola League 1 and League 2, La Liga, Scottish Premier League and the end of year Play-offs for the Coca-Cola leagues.)
It may cost you a lot extra per month which all adds up in the end, but the package is definitely worth it for any sports fan as it has something for everyone, no matter your taste.
During the UEFA Champions League coverage, Sky Sports allow their viewers to view all of the games at once using an addition called Multi-screen which shows all the games in the little screens.
I would say that Sky Sports 1 is more football than anything as the other channels cover the rest of the sport. You've also got the Gillette soccer specials which cover everygame in the week or weekend through the UK. There are also many special programmes that are aired and screened on SkySports.
The coverage is undeniably the best that there is, BBC or ITV really cannot compete with SkySports, even in the terms of commentators and presenters, the shows are just far superior than both channels that provide similar events.
Overall, SkySports is definitely worth the extra money and I would recommend every true sport fan to subscribe to the service as it's well provided and worth it.
Sky Sports is a brilliant channel for Sports fans but the problem I have with it is the price. I am tempted to cancel Sky but the one thing that makes me reluctant to cancel it is this channel. This channel has all the major sports and the best ones on it!
It has things like premier league football, champions league, FA Cup, rugby matches, cricket, tennis and so much more. They often have very big sporting events and although things like Champions League matches are available on ITV on Sky you can choose from about 12 different matches which is excellent! Also the commentary is much better on Sky than on ITV! You even see things like WWE and the Spanish La Liga!
Sky Sports 1 probably is more biased towards football than channels 2,3 and xtra which is no bad thing in my opinion! They also have analysis programmes like the Last Word which is interesting viewing!
The annoying thing about this channel is that it is so good that channels like BBC and ITV can't compete with their live coverage meaning you have to pay about £35 just to get the sports package and the general sky programmes! I really do wish you could just buy this channel for something like £10 a month!
Overall this is a brilliant channel for sports but it is a shame it is so expensive to get!
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Sport lovers of the world unite - this is the ultimate in Sports broadcasting. It is of course Sky Sports 1. Owned by BskyB, it has played not only a major part it broadcast sport over nearly the last two decades, but also in changing the face of sport. From encouraging the Premier League to be founded, to the advent of Twenty20 cricket, it has been groundbreaking, and only good for sport...hasn't it?
Available on Sky channel 401, along with Virgin Media channel 511, Sky Sports 1 broadcasts around the clock and being number '1' it will showcase the biggest games that will bring in the largest audience. This primarily means football, and ever since it started, each weekend the live Premier League games can be found on Sky Sports 1. Almost religiously, they will kick off at 4pm on Sunday, and depending on how many games have been moved from their normal 3pm Saturday kick-off, there will be games on Saturday at 12.45pm and Sunday at 1.30pm. They used to also host Monday Night Football, which kicked off at 8pm, but those rights have since moved on to Setanta, and now ESPN.
Other shows definitely shown on Sky Sports 1, rather than 2, 3 or Xtra include Soccer AM, every Saturday morning from 9am during the football season. Gillette Soccer Saturday, which is shown after Soccer AM, or after the live football if a game kicks off at 12.45pm. Hosted by Jeff Stelling, you can see in amongst my review archive that I think that this programme is pure genius!!
Football is the crown jewel in Sky's sport broadcasting, primarily due to popularity and sponsorship money that it can generate. Other big live matches from other sports will be broadcast on Sky Sports 1, but often 'big' football games will conquer all. England's cricket teams test matches will be shown on Sky Sports 1 - but were a big Premier League game on, the cricket would be substituted to Sky Sports 2, purely due to audience figures. The same can be said about the England rugby team.
Sky Sports have had a big say in the development and availability of both cricket and football broadcasting. Since buying the rights of England test matches from Channel 4, it's coverage has been dedicated and developed impressive new technology. Rugby's Guiness Premiership and big European competition - the Heineken Cup, and given a lot of airtime, and along with Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 1 will broadcast all live games from these competitions.
Another sport to benefit from Sky Sports 1 is tennis. All Masters tournaments and the US Open are shown on Sky Sports, but the Grand Slam and 'big' Masters events will find airtime on Sky Sports 1, as you'd expect as again they are simply going to generate a decent sized audience.
Of course, it's not live sport 24 hours a day as that's simply not possible, so often you'll find re-runs of recent games shown on the channel. The Monday after a Sunday football game at 4pm will often see a couple of re-runs, along with the 'Last Word' show with Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Coverage of Spain's La Liga will also find a lot of airtime and with Sky buying the rights to the Scottish Premier League last season, those north of the border are getting a fair crack of the whip.
Of course, sports such as Rugby League during the Super League season will get coverage of live games on Sky Sports 1, but the same principle remains - if Premier League football is on, then that will get priority. It's a rule that so may argue against, but it also helps with consistency in the schedule and so people know where to find it.
Of course, you need to have a sports subscription package to be able to view any of the Sports channels (expect Sky Sports News of course), so if you haven't got that then you're best bet is to find a pub that shows it! Many have said the advent of satellite television has meant big sporting events are restricted in their viewing - but you can't help but credit Sky Sports for their dedication to showing high class sport with high class production. Bravo!
Its just temptation to join when it comes to joining this channel but the price is just not right. 25 pounds for having one channel and getting the extra Sky Sports 3 is just not worth paying for!You get all the good sports on the show including all the best football matches on the channel including live football to. The best of cricket is shown on the channel and the best football matches to.
Sky Sports 1 is the best channel from all the Sky Sports packages as the best sports events are shown on here. I had a package for 2 years and found my self paying out too much. I did manage to watch all the best live sports even wrestling and main boxing events at times come on Sky Sports 1.
I think people who subscribe though are paying too much their is not good value at all for the channel.They are making us viewers pay too much a month for the channel. All us football fans get only 2 matches a week and that is like paying 3 pounds and more for a game!
Sky Sports 1 is not worth getting for a single sport to watch. Unless you love watching all the best sporting events and like different sports then it is right for you to get. If not you are better off taking it off like I did!
Sky sports bring you arguably the best sporting action of any UK sports channel. It's dominated primarily by football matches, most of which are premiership games at the weekend and it always shows the biggest games of the season. On top of this it's the best place to get all of the European football action, for example the champions league and Euro cup. But I think one of the channel's great strengths is it's balance of different sports. As a rugby fan it's great to see the channel playing AT LEAST two games per weekend of either premiership or european rugby. Plus during the international period it shows all of England's games. It's also a great channel for watching cricket over the summer, both domestic, one day games and of course bigger test matches such as the previous Ashes. It doesn't stop here though and with a quick flick through the list of programmes you can quite happily pick out a summary of a range of sports. For example I enjoy the Sunday night 3 hour catch up of the American football games. But there's also major darts tournaments and a whole lot more! If you want sport this is the place to come.
Sky Sports is a subscription channel from Sky. At the moment it is availible for around £25 for current Sky subscribers. The reason I purchased it was for its Premiership Football coverage, on a normal weekend it will have two premiership matches on "Ford Super Sunday". There is also normally La Liga matches on Saturday and Sunday nights. However there is not as much premiership football as you think, they rarely have a game on Saturday nless it is two of the big four that are playing each other. They also have tennis from the Opens and Golf from the Ryder Cup. They also have the odd international football match too. Oh, and darts. You may debate that it isn't a sport but nearly every evening on a weekday there is some darts as well as cricket on.
My main interest is football and Sky Sports 1 is dominated by it. Be warned though, most matches aren't premiership (Scunthorpe V Blackpool anyone?). If you are only interested in football, Sky Sports is a bit pricey but it is worth the money. The coverage of any event I have ever seen is top-notch and in-depth.
Sky Sports is a great channel for any sports fan, but there is not always the best sporting events on.
Every sports fan must know by now that this is the best sports coverage channel out there. They show a wide variety of sports from football to netball. However skysports 1 is mainly broadcast to show football matches and I have to say the coverage is excellent.
There are least two live premier league games on over the weekend and they include my favourite commentator which is Andy Gray. His voice really gets you on the edge of your seat beacuse he is just so passionate about each game.
They also have a pre match report, half time analysis and post match analysis for each game and it is really detailed as they look at all aspects of the game that has just been played.
Pre match report - This usually includes a word from both sets of managers before the game, the starting line-ups for each team, a look at the table, and the analysts views on what they think will happen in the upcoming game.
Half time analysis - This usually involves the analysts talking about the half of football that has just taken place. They look at the goals, good chances, poor chances, and what they think the outcome will be in the second half.
Post match analysis - This is where the analysts look back at the game and analyse what went right and what went wrong. Also you usually hear each of the managers talking about what their take on the game was and how they thought their team performed. It usually ends with a look at the current league table and then ends with the highlights of the game.
Another great programme is football first on a saturday night because you can watch around an hour of highlights from your selected premier league game for that day. This is done by clicking the red button on your remote and I have never seen such long highlights on a channel before.
Overall sky sports 1 is a great channel to have if you love sports, especially football. The coverage is fantastic because it is brought to you live and with in depth analysis to enjoy.
Up until the end of last summer, we had Sky Sports as part of our Sky package, and although it was handy having it, I never really appreciated having it until we cancelled it as part of our subscription. Although I have sourced sports news from other sources and can find out results easily enough, the Skysports package does have exclusive rights to a lot of the major sports events we get in the UK.
For many people, the football is probably the most attractive feature of the channel, with a selection of matches being shown every now and then, the FA Cup, lower league fixtures, sports roundups and updates, and the Saturday programme that documents all the action as it happens every weekend.
Rugby is also shown all the time, and live games are frequently on at the weekends, as are internationals. I really missed the autumn internationals we have just had. Tennis is also shown, with live coverage of the Australian Open at the moment, and in particular Andy Murray's matches shown on Sky Sports 1. Test Match Cricket is also shown, and you can watch every single England match as well as various domestic cricket matches throughout the year.
There are also sports updates programmes on a regular basis, and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which I confess to having had a penchant for since I was a kid. If you are a Sports fan, then Sky Sports 1 is an amazing channel, and it is quite easy to watch the chanel for a whole day and not get bored. If we decide to update our package again at all for any reason, or if finances dictate this is possible, then Sky Sports 1 is likely to be the first thing back on.
I highly recommend the Sky Sports package, but Sky Sports 1 in particular. The other two channels contain more update channels and lesser known/less popular or mainstream sports shows, but channel 1 is best for showing the lvie matches of the most popular sports. However, it is an expensive package, and will bump up the cost of your monthly package by about £15 if you get it. This is easily affordable on its own if you don't really have any other outgoings, but it's a non essential, and Sky have experienced many cancellations of these channels. Although as soon as I can afford it, I'm back on the Sky Sports trail. Until then, I'll keep badgering my mates who have it!
As an avid sports fan, so too is my husband and I very much doubt my daughter will have a choice, and a former subscriber to Sky, I can honestly say that the only thing I miss about Sky is Sky Sports, inparticularly Sky Sports 1.
My husband and I are huge football, cricket and wrestling fans (yes wrestling), so Sky Sports 1 is the dream ticket for us, or was should I say.
Firstly let me explain why we got rid of Sky. It was purely a financial decision and nothing to do with the service. We now have the free BT Vision which luckily comes with Sky Sports News. It's no Sky Sports 1, but it keeps us up to date nonetheless.
Now onto Sky Sports 1. What is not to like about it. Sure there are 2 other Sky Sports channels, but this is the premier channel. Here you will find Barclays Premier League, Coca Cola Championship and the Eon sponsored FA Cup. You will get all the top live cricket, rugby, tennis and any sports you can think of that the mainstream British sports fan would want. On top of that is the terrific soap opera known as World Wrestling Entertainment. I have been a fan of that for almost 15 years now, ever since getting Sky Sports in the first place.
The channel is always well advertised, all sporting events are well advertised and each show professionally put together to form a seamless package of top drawer entertainment.
This is the flagship channel of the Sky Sports package and as such hosts Sky's biggest sporting events. In our house the buttons '4' '0' and '1' are virtually worn away on our Sky remote as it is probably the most watched channel after BBC 1, ITV and maybe Channel 4!
The main attraction is of course English Premiership football and their coverage of this is second to none. There is a Sunday game at 4pm and sometimes a Saturday and Sunday lunchtime game, although the latter two are sometimes on Setanta now. Sky Sports 1 showed every game involving a clash between the 'Big Four' last season and will do so again this year. My favourite part of their Premiership football coverage is Andy Gray, he is so enthusiastic and he is at his best on The Last Word with Richard Keys, where he analyses the game in detail with a host of gadgets - electronic touch screen and pens! My knowledge of the game isn't great but he puts it over in a very approachable way. Another highlight for us is Jeff Stelling on Gillette Soccer Saturday, he gets more and more excited as the final whistle approaches, and you've got other pundits shouting out scores from other matches. How he keeps the show together is beyond me! This is all of course because of the rule that no broadcaster can show live coverage of games that kick off at 3pm on Saturday, but it has developed somewhat of a cult following. When international friendlies are on England will take priority on SS1 with the other home nations on the other sports channels. This is understandable from Sky's point of view but in Scotland it causes much consternation, which is also understandable! England's World Cup qualifiers are now split between Setanta and ITV but Sky still hold the rights to Scotland's home qualifications (usually SS1) in addition to Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. From this season they no longer have the FA Cup but continue to show the Carling Cup and more importantly, games from the UEFA Champions League. They also sometimes show Football League and Spanish football, La Liga. Their coverage is modern, slick and professional and it makes BBC look very tired and dated by comparison.
Sky have shown the England cricket team's tours abroad more or less since they began broadcasting but two years ago they obtained the rights to live domestic test cricket. This is a shame in some respects because without terrestrial coverage the game tends to lose much of the nation's interest and I doubt very much whether I'd have got interested in the game if it had been on a specialist sports channel (a friend taught me the rules whilst watching it on Channel 4). But in other respects it's great because Sky's coverage is superior to that of Channel 4 and the BBC before it - no interruptions for racing or news and some of the best names of the English and international game commentating - Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, Michael Holding, Nasser Hussain. David Lloyd (known as Bumble) is the funniest commentator and is an absolute legend! In addition to the test matches they have all of England's ODIs, coverage of the World Cup, ICC Trophy, Pro40, Twenty20 Cup and usually two or three County Championship matches. Domestic internationals will usually be shown on SS1 but move to another Sky Sports channel nearer the end of the season, as football will then take priority.
Sky Sports 1 covers European Tour golf and two majors, the US Open and the USPGA as well as the jewel in their golfing crown, the Ryder Cup. I don't watch much of this but my dad tells me the commentators, Bruce Critchley and Ewen Murray are awful. Peter Alliss for him! The USPGA Tour is another casualty to Setanta.
They also cover rugby union Guinness Premiership and the Heineken Cup, as well as rugby league competitions the Super League and the Rugby League World Cup, but no-one in our house watches these. I prefer the rugby union World Cup and Six Nations, on ITV1 and BBC respectively.
One of my favourite parts of that lazy week between Christmas and New Year is settling down to watch the PDC World Darts Championship. This has the best darts players in the world including Phil 'The Power' Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld and is thus generally regarded as superior to the BDO Championship (the one on BBC). Sid Waddell is another commentator who really livens up his sport and some of his quotes have become legendary - "Jocky Wilson ... what an athlete.", "This lad has more checkouts than Tescos.", "There hasn't been this much excitement since the Romans fed the Christians to the Lions.", "The players are under so much duress, it's like duressic park out there!" They cover other darts competitions like the Premier League.
They have lost a lot of British boxing to Setanta but still retain some British boxers. Many of their flagship fights are on pay-per-view rather than the main channel. So if you want to watch Ricky Hatton lose, you'll have to pay extra for Sky Box Office ;)
They cover many extras in between and have lots of archive programming as well, but these are the cream of Sky Sports 1's sports coverage. This isn't even to mention many of their other great events like ATP Tour Tennis and the US Open, but they are usually on Sky Sports 3 or Xtra and I have tried to keep this a Sky Sports 1 review as far as possible. Their live sporting calendar is 52 weeks a year, and if you are a sports fan and can afford it, it really is a must!
I love SKY SPORTS 1, especially on the weekend when there is live action from the world of sport nearly every hour of the day. As an NTL viewer I cannot gain the advantages of interactive..such as player cam or fanzone but they sound damn good in theory. I also love the commentators on sky sports and find that they are the best around like Andy Gray and Martin Tyler on the football and Eddie and Stevo on rigby league. You really cannot go wrong with this channel, but it does come with a fairly large price tage because it is an additonal extra to you normal package and you have to get certain games of football on pay to view.
This review looks at cricket on sky in particular. There has been a lot of controversy regarding the cricket being moved to sky over the last year, but I believe that cricket on sky is much better than if it were on terrestrial television.
Firstly sky offer excellent experienced commentators like Ian Botham and David Gower along with Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain. Sky offer in depth conversation and also teaches new people about the game.
The highlights package is much more thorough with a separate panel of experienced pundits. Sky offers an excellent 3rd man experienced. 3rd man is one of the chosen commentators analysing the days play and informing people about some of the more subtle points that may not be recognisable to the naked eye. For example can you distinguish Shane Warnes flipper from his leg break to his googly? Well 3rd man will be quick to pick up on such detail! Juts excellent!