Australia’s Anti-Christmas


What exactly do Australia’s cricketers do on Christmas Day?

Australia traditionally play a Test match commencing on Boxing Day. Their players spend the build-up preparing for the match as they would do any other. Now I’m going to assume that not all of Australia’s cricketers are regular church attendees and like many of us even if they’re not of any particular religious inclination that they’d enjoy some family time and the opportunity to give and receive some presents to and from their loved ones.

But surely they’re either missing out on their children’s Christmas and aren’t at home with their family or if their wife and children etc have come to join them on Christmas Day then I can’t help but think that’d actually be a little disruptive to their loved ones Christmas plans. Australia is a big country (Honestly it is!).

Would the Australian players families appreciate being displaced on Christmas Day?

Maybe the players partners and families fly into Test town, presents in hand to celebrate in a hotel on Christmas morning but possibly they’d rather be opening their presents with their children at home then going around to their parents for dinner (I appreciate it isn’t usually Turkey and the rest in Oz) a little later.

Do the player’s families fly in for Christmas Eve then make a mad dash across the country (Possibly hours by plane) back to their parents etc late Christmas Eve or even on Christmas Day itself?

Maybe some of the player’s families do wish to attend church on Christmas Eve or the day itself and their congregation will not be impressed by their non-attendance.

If I were a professional cricketer would I want my church attending devout Catholic wife to leave her home, not attend Mass and have the hassle of travelling around the Christmas period?

Would I not want to spend our first Christmas with our daughter together in our house and later in the day visit our family?

Maybe most of the Pakistan team won’t be too bothered though in a population of over 195 million up to 5% practice Christianity.

Should we expect cricket to stop for Christmas?

It doesn’t stop for anything else. Alastair Cook has barely seen his second child and as much as I’d love to be an international cricketer I can’t imagine that his time in India would have been a good feeling regardless of results… or did his not bonding with his child and supporting his wife affect his performance?

I’m rambling a little, like a drunk uncle at Christmas so I’ll put a stocking in it.

Remember… cricket is for life not just for Christmas!