It’s that time of the year once again when we are surrounded by love heart filled cards, red roses and expensive chocolates. Ahh yes, The joys of Valentines Day.
It's not all about tacky cards and heart shaped candy for some our cricketers. Many of them have lots to celebrate this Valentines Day, including baby news, wedding bells and some budding new relationships.
So to get you in a loved up spirit, here is a wrap up featuring some of our Aussie cricketers and their perfect (off-field) matches.
Shaun & Rebecca Marsh
Let's kick it off with these two love birds! They tied the knot in April last year, and now they’re getting ready to become first-time parents. It seems married life agrees with Shaun Marsh and his wife, Channel 7 Perth reporter Rebecca Marsh. The couple who spent a number of years apart during the early stages of their relationship due to work commitments, now call sunny Perth home. Rebecca has previously admitted that she knew Shaun ‘was the one’ after their first date and the two got hitched in a lavish ceremony in Perth, later honeymooning in India during Shaun's playing commitments for the Indian Premier League.
When she’s not hunting down news stories in Perth, Bec often travels on tour with Shaun. The pair also like to chill out in their newly built home and get their coffee fix at some of Perth's trendy cafes. We’re thinking from now on they’re both going to become pretty handy at changing nappies!
Candice & David Warner
It’s been a big 24 months for this young couple. David Warner and wife Candice, who married almost 12 months ago have a lot to celebrate this Valentines Day, as they are now the proud parents of two beautiful young daughters, Ivy Mae and Indi Rae.
The Instagram perfect family (seriously... so many cute baby snaps) are regal Sydneysiders and recently put their luxury Coogee pad on the market.
But don’t expect the young family to be ‘roughing’ it anytime soon, as they’re set to build their new dream home in the seaside suburb of Maroubra.
The pair originally struck up a romance over Twitter and like to keep relatively low key in their downtime, spending as much time as possible at the beach and running along Sydney’s picturesque coastal tracks.
Candice who is a former professional iron woman has been credited with helping David live a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. The star cricketer recently dedicating his Allan Border Medal win to his wife, in which he calls his ‘rock’.
Read: How David Warner made it back on top.
Dani Willis & Steve Smith
It was a chance meeting for these two down to earth homebodies. Australian Cricket Captain Steve Smith was an emerging young cricket player when he first met law student Dani Willis at Sydney’s Scubar back in 2010.
From all accounts, the two hit it off instantly, bonding over their mutual love for sport (Dani is a former swimmer and water polo player). Dani has been on hand to support Steve throughout his budding cricket career, including many times spent collecting cricket balls in the practice nets.
The same goes both ways however, with Steve also taking a keen interest in Dani’s law degree. Once writing out pages and pages of legal terms whilst on tour to try and memorise them. That’s impressive! We're pretty sure we might hear wedding bells in the not too distant future.
Ellyse Perry & Matt Toomua
When it comes to low-key relationships, these two have it down pat. Talented Australian cricketer Ellyse Perry and ACT Brumbies & Wallabies player Matt Toomua, first met in the QANTAS lounge at Canberra Airport back in 2012 and have kept most details of their relationship well under wraps.
At the time of their chance meeting, Matt was already a big fan of Ellyse's sporting abilities. However he was too shy to approach the equally as shy cricketer for a chat. Instead sending the ACT Wallabies media manager to ask Perry for a photo of the pair, for the team’s twitter account. That's a heroic wing man right there!
After a 16 month engagement, the pair eventually announced they had tied the knot with this out of the blue Instagram post.
Yep, a chilled out ceremony, on a scenic coastal foreshore, on a sunny Sunday, is just what the couple were hoping for. That was of course after Ellyse had spent most of the weekend playing cricket for the Sydney Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League WBBLI01. As you do!
The two still like to keep their relationship well and truly out of the spotlight. They also like to hang out with cricket couple Mitch Starc and Alyssa Healy, with the girls joking continuously about the boys 'budding romance'.
Alyssa Healy & Mitch Starc
Forget crazy cat lovers, meet two of crickets craziest dog lovers. Australian players Alyssa Healy and Mitch Starc are a match made in cricket heaven. (Yep.. cricket heaven.. we went there).
The two were only nine years of age when they met at a cricket tryout in Sydney. Both wicket keepers at the time, they shared a role behind the stumps when they first became teammates in their younger years. However, Mitch eventually started bowling and Alyssa started playing women’s cricket, so the pair lost contact there for a few years.
It looks like they were meant to be together however, with the pair finally getting back in contact a few years later, that's when a relationship started to blossom.
These days they share a pad close to the beach in Sydney, and post cute snaps of their dogs. They're also big fans of checking out local restaurants, cafes and don't mind the occasional beach day or two.
Brianna Sheppard & James Faulkner
Although these two are only relatively new when it comes to cricket match ups, it’s easy to see why they’re well suited. Aussie cricketer James Faulkner and his partner Bri Sheppard are both fans of the great outdoors, regularly posting action filled snaps of their adventures in the Tasmanian wilderness, as well as sun filled days at the beach.
They duo also come from impressive sporting families. Bri is the sister of AFL West Coast Eagles player Adam Sheppard and recently took up boxing for fitness. Meanwhile James is the son of well known Tasmanian cricketer Peter Faulkner and has been a stand out player for both Tasmania and Australia. We wonder if things ever get competitive between the two, either way they'll hopefully get to spent their first Valentines Day together.