Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne and British actress Liz Hurley have become engaged during a trip to Scotland, reports said yesterday. Warne proposed to Hurley after a romantic dinner on Friday at an exclusive hotel in St Andrews, on Scotland's east coast, where the sportsman was taking part in a golf tournament.

Engagement sparkler: Elizabeth Hurley shows off her giant ring in
Scotland on Saturday.

The spin legend, 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 Sunday Telegraph newspapers 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-am 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 him noticeably slimmer caused astonishment when they emerged in August. His romances have sparked almost as much media attention as his performance in cricket and his energetic love life is widely thought to have cost him the Australian captaincy.