It's a huge night for sports nuts in Australia - footy, cricket, tennis and cycling

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It’s a rare alignment of great sport on TV tonight, which means sports nuts may not get any sleep in Australia tonight.

First up there’s the Origin decider which kicks off at about 8pm AEST on Channel 9. It’s been a decade since the Blues brought home the silverware from a Queensland-based final. It’s also one of the most-watched sporting events on the Australian calendar.

Meanwhile in England, the first Ashes test gets underway on GEM from 7.30pm in the greatest clash of Australia’s national summer game (by the way, congrats to captain Michael Clarke, who announced today on twitter that he’ll be having his own pup).

But as if that’s not enough sport to whet the appetite, there’s also Wimbledon. Roger Federer faces off against Gilles Simon and Andy Murray plays Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the Quarterfinals at 10pm AEST on 7Two and Channel 7 from 10.30pm. Stan Wawrinka plays Frenchman Richard Gasquet and defending champion Novak Djokovic will hit it out against Croatian Marin Cilic at 12.30am.

And of course the Tour de France is also chugging along across on SBS with Stage 5 airing from 10pm, but sadly, without Orica GreenEdge team leader Simon Gerrans, who was taken out in an horrific crash last night that ended his tour and left him with a broken wrist.

It’s going to take a bit of planning, a bit more coffee and some good remote handling to make it through to the early hours, hopefully it’s worth it.

C’mon the Blues, Aussies, Federer, Murray, etc. et al.

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