BBC Sport picks out some of the key sporting events coming up in the months ahead.
4 December-January 2014: The Ashes
England head to Adelaide for the second Test having been thrashed by Australia in the opener at Brisbane. Matches in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney complete the series as England seek to repeat their
- their first on Australian soil for 24 years.
to 8 December: UK Snooker Championships
One of the leading tournaments on the green baize calendar, the UK Championships will see a return to York's Barbican Theatre as world number one Mark Selby defends his title.
15 December: Sports Personality of the Year 2013
This year's Sports Personality of the Year awards come from Leeds hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan. The 2013 Sports Personality of the Year will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD, with further coverage on Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.
5 to 12:
BDO Lakeside World Darts Championship 2014
Now in its 36th year the British Darts Organisation World Championships return to Lakeside. Can England's Scott Waites retain the title or will runner-up Tony O'Shea finally get his hands on the coveted trophy. Russia's Anastasia Dobromyslova will be looking to make it a hat-trick of Championship titles after winning the women's trophy in both 2012 and 2013. BBC Sport will have all the action from Lakeside beginning on Sunday 5 January.
12 to 26: Australia v England, One Day International Series 2014
Following hot on the heels of the winter Ashes series England continue to do battle against Australia with the first One Day International series of the new year. As always the BBC is the place to be with live coverage from the
and live text commentary on the
BBC Sport website
13 to 26: Australian Open
The 2014 Australian Open returns to Melbourne with the top tennis players in the world looking to get 2014 off to the perfect start in the Asia Pacific Grand Slam.