Who is Clare Ratcliffe, what does Ben Stokes’ wife do, when was their wedding and do they have any children?

CRICKETER Ben Stokes has made more than his fair share of headlines over the years.

But what do we know about the England star’s wife, who has supported him as he rose to the top of world cricket.

 Clare Ratcliffe is pictured with her fiancé Ben Stokes

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Clare Ratcliffe is pictured with her fiancé Ben Stokes

Who is Clare Ratcliffe?

Clare Ratcliffe is Ben Stokes’ fiancée and the mother of his two children.

She describes herself as a “cricket widow” and a “parent to two monsters”.

The couple got engaged in 2013, soon after the death of her father, Arthur.

Ben and Clare placed a notice in their local Somerset paper at the time, informing people of the happy news.

Clare recently revealed her excitement about the big day on Instagram.

She posted a snap of her partner wearing their daughter's bag and wrote: “Four weeks today … I marry this man! The man wearing a Little Mermaid backpack!”

When was their wedding?

Ben and Clare tied the knot at midday on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The service was held at the church of St Mary the Virgin in East Brent, near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

Among the guests at the couple's wedding were England star's Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan as well as former greats Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood.

Fellow cricketers Sam Billings and Scott Borthwick were also there.

 Ben and Clare tied the knot on Saturday October 14 in Somerset

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Ben and Clare tied the knot on Saturday October 14 in Somerset

Do they have any children?

Ben and Clare have two small children – Layton and Libby.

The cricketer was just 21 when his son, now four, was born.

He told The Times he is already teaching Layton to play cricket, saying: “If Layton loses his concentration I say, ‘Well, I’m not going to play with you then, if you’re being like that’.”

Clare gave birth to their daughter, two, in 2015.

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CRICKETER Ben Stokes has made more than his fair share of headlines over the years.