Christmas comes early for Ashes fans

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss - The England captain greets a fan in Melbourne's Queensbridge Square  

Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett & Jonathan Trott

Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett & Jonathan Trott - Tremlett takes his turn  

Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen & Matt Prior

Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen & Matt Prior - The three 'Ps' do their bit  

James Anderson, Ian Bell & Tim Bresnan

James Anderson, Ian Bell & Tim Bresnan - Bell obliges a well-wisher  

James Anderson

James Anderson - The new father enters into the spirit  

Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting - Australia's skipper takes care of his broken finger  

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke - Clarke makes a supporter's day  

Brad Haddin & Michael Beer

Brad Haddin & Michael Beer - Haddin signs on  

Mitchell Johnson & Mike Hussey

Mitchell Johnson & Mike Hussey - Australia's in-form duo are in high demand  

Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson - The paceman gets stuck in  

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook - Cook enjoys some practice ahead of the Boxing Day Test  

Andrew Strauss Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett & Jonathan Trott Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen & Matt Prior James Anderson, Ian Bell & Tim Bresnan James Anderson Ricky Ponting Michael Clarke Brad Haddin & Michael Beer Mitchell Johnson & Mike Hussey Mitchell Johnson Alastair Cook