Behind The Scenes: Christmas with the Aussie Cricket Team

Captain Steve Smith & partner Dani Willis celebrate Christmas together at the players luncheon. Photo: Getty Images. 

Captain Steve Smith & partner Dani Willis celebrate Christmas together at the players luncheon. Photo: Getty Images. 

It's a long held tradition that only happens once a year. The Australian Men's Cricket Team comes together to celebrate Christmas and enjoy a feast with their fellow team mates and families before the big Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test.

This year the players dined together at Crown and The Delivery got backstage access. Usman Khawaja gets ten points for his festive shirt and it's great to see captain Steve Smith looking so relaxed before tomorrow's Test match. 

The Aussies take on the West Indies tomorrow at the MCG with thousands expected, come rain, hail or shine.

Steve Smith earlier this week reflected on the first time he was picked to be part of the Australian Test team descriibing the experience as surreal.

"One thing I remember vividly, which has remained consistent in the years since, was the amazing feast put on by Crown. The prawns were magnificent. The oysters, outstanding," he says. 

"As a group we do our own version of Kris Kringle, where each player pulls a name out of a hat and buys a secret present for a teammate. Last year, Mitchell Johnson was lucky enough to receive a copy of Ryan Harris's book Rhino."

Enjoy the snaps and Merry Christmas! 

Josh Hazlewood & partner Cherina Murphy Christian snapped at the players luncheon. Photo: Getty Images. 

Josh Hazlewood & partner Cherina Murphy Christian snapped at the players luncheon. Photo: Getty Images. 

Smiles for miles. Cricketer Mitchell Marsh and Isabelle Platt. Photo: Getty Images. 

Smiles for miles. Cricketer Mitchell Marsh and Isabelle Platt. Photo: Getty Images. 

Ten points for the shirt! Usman Khawaja (left) and Joe Burns. Photo: Getty Images. 

Ten points for the shirt! Usman Khawaja (left) and Joe Burns. Photo: Getty Images. 

Usman & Joe ham it up for the camera. Photo: Getty Images. 

Usman & Joe ham it up for the camera. Photo: Getty Images.