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England Cricketers Katherine Brunt & Natalie Sciver Announce Engagement

England cricketers Katherine Brunt and Natalie Sciver announced their engagement on October 11, after having dated each other since England's World Cup.

Cricketnext Staff |October 11, 2019, 7:27 PM IST
England Cricketers Katherine Brunt & Natalie Sciver Announce Engagement

England cricketers Katherine Brunt and Natalie Sciver announced their engagement on October 11, which is also coincidentally 'national coming out day' in the UK, after having dated each other since England's World Cup win at Lord's in 2017.

In an interview with The Guardian, fast bowler Brunt shed light on why she now wanted to make her same-sex relationship with Sciver public.

Brunt said, "My parents are different to Natalie's. 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... 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."

In the hours after England's World Cup win, Brunt told Sciver about her feelings, saying, "I knew it was right. I know there is nobody who is better for me. I had put it off but then I just asked her. I am shit at remembering dates but I knew that I would never forget that one. Genius from me.”

"To this day, if someone asks me if I am with someone, I say 'yes' and that's where it will stop. I am trying to change that now for myself because it is wrong and I shouldn't have to feel like that.

"There are times since we got engaged that I don't wear my engagement ring because I try to avoid somebody asking me."

Brunt (34) and Sciver (27) have been signed by the Trent Rockets for the inaugural season of 'The Hundred', and may potentially be joined by another married same-sex couple, South Africa's Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp.

"They are people to look up to," added Sciver, talking about Niekerk and Kapp.

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