Women behind the Australian Ashes team

Wives and girlfriends are now an integral part of the modern international cricket team as the caravan keeps moving from country to country around the world. Staying away from their family for such long periods is never easy for the players and thus wives and girlfriends of the players have become part of the touring party.

In the above picture are the wives and girlfriends of the Australian players at the Lord’s cricket ground, watching the first day of the second Test against England on Thursday. Back row (from left), Isabelle Platt (partner of Mitch Marsh), Jessica Johnson (wife of Mitchell Johnson), Kyly Clarke (wife of captain Michael Clarke), Danni Willis (partner of Steve Smith) and Kristy Voges (wife of Adam Voges). Front row (from left): Bec O’Donovan (wife of Shaun Marsh), Sam Nelson (fianc e of Peter Nevil) and Cherie Harris holding son Carter (wife of Ryan Harris). Getty Images