Cricket hero Ben Stokes today admitted he has only just sobered up after winning the World Cup for England as he paid tribute to his wife for standing by him through the traumatic court battle that nearly ended his career.
Only 18 months ago, the 28-year-old all-rounder was staring down the barrel of a prison sentence for his part in a late-night brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol last September.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, he thanked his wife Clare Ratcliffe for helping him through the ‘stressful’ period and putting him on the path to international sporting glory, saying, ‘I couldn’t have done it myself’.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Ben Stokes thanked his wife Clare Ratcliffe for helping him get back on form and said, ‘I couldn’t have done it myself’
Stokes married ms Ratcliffe in October 2017, just weeks after the fight which saw him charged with affray – although he was later cleared
Stokes shares two children with the primary school teacher, Layton, four, and two-year-old Libby.
They married in October 2017, just weeks after the fight which saw him charged with affray – although he was later cleared.
Stokes and Ms Ratcliffe arriving at Bristol Crown Court on August 14, 2018
‘Coming back from all of that was tough, it was a very stressful time for me, my wife, and my family back home,’ Stokes said today.
‘I had amazing people around me, and they’ve got to take a lot of credit for helping me get through that.
‘But to be able to say that I got through the hardest period of my life is amazing, but I couldn’t have done it myself.’
Stokes was the driving force behind England’s historic victory, which came following a Super Over in one of the most intense finals the sport has ever seen.
The star top-scored in the thrilling final with 84 not out.
His crucial runs in the last over, including some overthrows luckily deflected off his bat, saw England reach the Super Over.
During the tense final stages, Stokes he batted with Jos Buttler to see Eoin Morgan’s men win in incredible fashion and kick off scenes of mass jubilation up and down the country.
Police body camera footage of Stokes when he was arrested during the incident on September 25, 2017