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Sports fans get ready for year of non-stop action

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It seems that 2012 is gearing up to be the year of sport, with a variety of international events coming to a screen near you.

Down Under, the summer months are often marked by long hours spent lying on the couch watching cricketing greats sweat it out in a fight for extra runs and the honour of wearing the baggy green.

So far this season visitors to the Sydney Cricket Ground have watched on in awe and at times sheer disbelief as captain Michael Clarke scored an astonishing 329 not out, while his former captain Ricky Pointing managed to make his first century in two years.

And while a number of people made it to the grounds, it seems that the majority of Australians keep track of the scoreboard from the comfort of their own home or even office.

Tennis fans have also borne witness to a variety of star-studded tournaments, as the best of the international players' network descend on the country in preparation for the Australian Open. 

The two-week challenge has showcased some of the sport's finest athletes and it seems that this year will be no different, with the likes of Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic highlighting the phenomenal depth on the men's tour.

Women stars including crowd favourites Kim Clijsters and Li Na will also fight for the top prize against higher ranking names including Caronline Woziacki and Maria Sharapova.

But just as the cricketing summer and tennis Grand Slam draw to a close a number of major athletic and footballing spectacles are due to kick off in the northern hemisphere.

In June, the national teams from England, Italy and current world champions Spain will go head-to-head in a battle for first place in one of Europe's leading football tournaments - the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro 2012.

However some would say this event is nothing compared to the visual and sporting spectacle that will come to our screens in late July and the beginning of August - the London Olympics.

If you are hoping to catch a glimpse of these major events, but do not want to pay for the consequences for all-night viewing in your next bill then it might be a good idea to compare electricity prices.

Making sure that you are on the best deal for your viewing needs is important and it can also offer peace of mind.

Posted by Charlie Moore