Ashes Hopefuls 2017-18: Ones to Watch

Ashes Hopefuls 2017-18: Ones to Watch

This November, England will head down under to defend the Ashes against Australia. Ahead of the series, we’ve looked at six Ashes hopefuls we’ve got our eye on… A period of transition England’s Test squad is currently in a period of change, with Joe Root having just been named Test captain following Alastair Cook’s resignation. It’s hard to say what sort of captain Root will be, but we’d hazard a guess his style will be a good deal more aggressive than Cook’s cautious approach. Since his Test debut in 2012, no batsman has scored more than Root’s 4,594 runs. It will be interesting to see whether he takes his innovative, front-foot batting style forward into his captaincy. A great start to the year Australia sent shockwaves around the cricket world last week when they thrashed India in the first of a four-Test series in Pune, winning by 333 runs. The dramatic victory ended a 19-Test unbeaten run for India – their longest-ever unbeaten streak. They’ve also won their last 20 matches at home, including a Test series against England at the end of 2016. That impressive record makes Australia’s win even more remarkable. Will they be able to keep it up for the rest of the series? We’ll have to wait and see. Ashes hopefuls – the ones to watch Both Australia and England have a handful of Ashes hopefuls who are new to Test cricket and unknown to the other side. We’ve got our eye on Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Steve O’Keefe for Australia, and Haseeb Hameed, Keaton Jennings and Jake Ball for England. In the lead up...
The 2017 F1 Season – Are You Ready?

The 2017 F1 Season – Are You Ready?

The upcoming 68th Formula One season is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. We thought we’d preview the 2017 F1 season before we jet off to Barcelona for our first FAM trip to the pre-season testing in March. Yes, that’s how excited we are about the new season – we’ve decided to give Barcelona a visit and see what the new season has in store. Here are a few reasons we’re excited about the 2017 F1 season… New teams One of the biggest stories in November was Nico Rosberg’s retirement, especially after his long-awaited victory over arch nemesis Lewis Hamilton to become 2016 F1 champion. Rosberg has since been replaced by Valtteri Bottas, who came over from Williams. This appointment, however, has brought another F1 star back from an extremely short retirement. Felipe Massa announced his retirement before Rosberg, meaning that Bottas was to be paired with Lance Stroll. But after Rosberg’s retirement, Williams released Bottas from contract and Massa returned back to Williams on a one-year deal. Fresh blood Stroll is the new kid on the block. The 18-year-old Canadian is making his F1 debut and will be the second youngest F1 driver ever. The son of a Canadian billionaire, Stroll has said he knows he comes from money, but thinks he deserves a chance since he’s won every race he’s participated in to date. And he’s not wrong – he does hold an impressive CV. The end of an era? In November, McLaren’s Jenson Button announced he was taking a sabbatical from racing. He’ll stay on as a reserve driver for now and does have a...