England star Ben Stokes has been supported throughout his impressive career by his wife Clare. But who is she and what do we know about her?
Stokes and Clare Ratcliffe have known each other since childhood.
The couple got engaged back in 2013 before tying the knot in October 2017.
Their wedding was held in East Brent, Somerset.
Ben Stokes with his wife Clare
A host of Stokes’ England team-mates were in attendance including the likes of Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan.
Stokes’ wife Clare works as a primary school teacher.
She has previously labelled herself as a “cricket widow” while also describing herself as a PA to her husband.
Last year, Clare took to social media to hit back at allegations of a bust-up after pictures surfaced appearing to show the cricketer with his hand around her neck.
She wrote on Instagram [sic]: “Unbelievable what nonsense these people will make up!
“Me and Ben messing about squishing up each other’s faces cos that’s how we show affection and some pap tries to twist it in to a crazy story!
“And all before we then have a romantic McDonalds 20 mins later!”
How many children do they have?
Stokes and his wife are parents to two children.
Their son Leyton was born in 2002 and his sister Libby was born in 2015.
The family live together in Durham, where Stokes plays his county cricket.
Stokes captains England against West Indies in the absence of Joe Root, who is on paternity leave.
“It’s a huge honour to be given the responsibility,” Stokes told BBC Sport.
“The bigger picture is not the fact I am the captain, but about going out there and doing what I normally do, which is trying to influence the game as much as I possibly can.”