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Steve Smith to marry girlfriend Dani Willis in September

After years of courtship, Steve Smith and Dani Willis got engaged in July last year when the Australian cricket team captain proposed his girlfriend on top of the famous Rockefeller Centre in New York

cricket Updated: Feb 14, 2018 17:01 IST
HT Correspondent
Steve Smith is planning to marry long-time girlfriend and fiancé, Dani Willis later this year.
Steve Smith is planning to marry long-time girlfriend and fiancé, Dani Willis later this year.(Instagram)

Steve Smith, Australian cricket team skipper and world No.1 Test batsman, looks all set to begin a new innings in his life come September.

Smith, who recently led his country to Ashes victory over England, is planning to marry long-time girlfriend and fiancé, Dani Willis later this year.

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The couple confirmed the news in an interview to cricket.com.au after the conclusion of Allan Border medal ceremony in Melbourne. The award ceremony that recognises the most outstanding Australian cricketer of the past season saw Smith walk away with his second Allan Border medal.

“Yes, we are looking around September,” Dani said, when asked as to when they were planning to get married.

Smith, though, has a packed schedule as Australia will be travelling to South Africa, England, UAE (to play Pakistan) and Zimbabwe besides hosting Bangladesh, South Africa and India at home.

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Add to it his Indian Premier League (IPL) duty with Rajasthan Royals and it leaves the 29-year-old with little time to prepare for his marriage, a fact his fiancé is well aware of. She, though, is hopeful of his future husband finding some spare time to turn up on his wedding day.

“Hopefully Steve will be around,” Dani, who is a law student, said with a smile. “Of course, I will have to be around,” Smith responded.

After years of courtship, the couple got engaged in July last year when the Australian skipper proposed his girlfriend on top of the famous Rockefeller Centre in New York. Dani said yes immediately and the couple had then taken to Instagram to announce the news of their engagement.

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Smith finished 2017 as the year’s highest run getter in Tests with an aggregate of 1305 runs from 11 matches at a superb average of 76.76 with the help of six centuries. His career average stands at 63.75 at present, making him inferior to only compatriot Donald Bradman in terms of average in cricket history. Bradman averaged 99.94 in his 52- Test long career.