England teammates Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt have announced their engagement.
Sciver announced the news on social media on Friday, and the pair told The Guardian about their relationship.
Fast-bowler Brunt asked Sciver to be her girlfriend hours after the duo helped England win the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, and on New Year’s Eve last year, Brunt proposed in France.
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The pair informed their England teammates of the engagement immediately but did not make the news public.
“My parents are different to Natalie’s,” Brunt said when explaining the decision to keep news of her engagement private. “They are quite Christian so it is not something that is done and that’s why it has held me back. They don’t believe in the way I choose to live my life, basically, so it has been quite difficult. Having to tell my parents was really difficult because I care a lot about them so it was something I put off for a long, long time. But as I have got older, I have seen sense and realised that it is not about that, it is about being yourself and living life properly.
“My parents love me: there is no questioning that. They will always be there for me and support me. They are still my parents and they still love me, so it is a compromise I have to take but I am OK with that.”
Speaking to BBC Sport, Brunt added: “We’re not doing this for ourselves. We don’t want exposure, we don’t want this, that and the other.
“But we are in the public eye. There will be times when somebody will see me wearing my engagement ring and ask a question, and I don’t want to have to lie.
“We want to be like ambassadors and role models for boys and girls who want to be who they are.”
The pair will tie the knot in Chamonix Valley – where Brunt popped the big question last year – after England’s series against India in September.