Shane Warne to wed Liz Hurley

The couple first met at an English race meeting in July last year and have since been spotted together regularly

London: Oct 2, 2011

Shane Warne and British actress Liz Hurley are to marry after the former Australia cricketer proposed to the British actress and model during a trip to Scotland, it was confirmed on Sunday.

Former Australian cricketer has confirmed that he got down on one knee to propose to girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley.

Disputing earlier claims that he proposed the English model and actress, who became famous as actor Hugh Grant’s longtime girlfriend, before a crowd of 200 people in a dinner party; Warne said he proposed her privately, and not in public.

He tweeted, “I didn’t propose in front of 200 people at dinner. It was done privately and was very romantic – if I say so myself Ps left knee is sore!!!”

Warne thanked well-wishers on his twitter account suggesting he had asked the model-turned-actress to marry him at the exclusive Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, in front of a VIP crowd of diners.

“Thanks so much again for all your kind messages, they mean a lot.. EH and I very happy and have had a beautiful lazy day today,” he added.

It was earlier reported in the media that Warne proposed to Hurley after a romantic dinner on Friday at an exclusive hotel in St. Andrews, on Scotland’s east coast, where the bowler was taking part in a golf tournament.

“Thanks for all your congratulations,” they said on their Twitter pages, attaching a photograph of themselves about to go to dinner in St. Andrews.

Spin legend Warne, 42, got down on one knee and popped the question in front of other diners and when Hurley agreed the couple were given a standing ovation, The Mail on Sunday and The Sunday Telegraph newspapers had reported.

Pictures showed the couple smiling as they walked arm in arm across a golf course on Saturday, with Hurley, 46, wearing a large sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

They were greeted by shouts of congratulations from well-wishers as the pro-amateur Alfred Dunhill Links Championship got under way, the Mail said.

The couple first met at an English race meeting in July last year and have since been spotted together regularly.

When she met Warne, Hurley was still married to Indian businessman Arun Nayar but the couple divorced in December.

Warne has dramatically lost weight since starting to date Hurley and new pictures of the noticeably slimmer star caused astonishment in Australia when they emerged in August.

His romances have sparked almost as much media attention as his performances on the pitch and his energetic love life is widely thought to have cost him the Australian captaincy.

Hurley and actor Hugh Grant were one of Britain’s leading celebrity couples in the 1990s but separated in 2000.(AFP)