Will Pucovski’s engagement to longtime partner Emma Stonier didn’t go exactly as planned.
The one-time Australian Test cricketer recently shared the beautiful news in an Instagram post, simply captioned: “Good chick, locked in.”
The post of the happy couple was inundated with comments from friends and liked by almost 5000 people.
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But the announcement belied the fact that popping the question didn’t all go to plan for Pucovski, as he revealed on 7Cricket’s The Spin.
“Thanks guys, exciting week,” Pucovski said after receiving congratulations from co-hosts Jason Richardson and Lisa Sthalekar.
“I like to keep it quite simple with the captions, just get straight to the point.”
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Richardson and Sthalekar both fired off questions to their 25-year-old colleague.
“Was it romantic?” Richardson asked.
Pucovski popped the question on a 45-minute walk with partner Emma. Credit: Instagram
“Did you get down on one knee?” Sthalekar chimed in.
Pucovski said: “I would like to think so (that it was romantic).”
“It was more a lunge — I’m not the most flexible, so it’s hard to get all the way down. And it was on gravel, so I didn’t want a cut knee or anything,” he added.
But the 25-year-old also had to jump through a few hoops just to get the end result, as he explained on The Spin.
“I got the approval from the (partner’s) old man — he’s a bit of a pain in the arse,” Pucovski joked with a laugh.
“I actually asked him on Christmas Eve, and then on Christmas Day he comes up to me and goes, ‘I’ve had a think about it and, no, you can’t — she’s way too good for you’.
“And I said, ‘I agree, but I’m doing it anyway. You said yes yesterday, that’s good enough for me!’
“But, yeah, it was good to get it done. (We went on) a 45-minute walk out to this spot that I’d picked and I was excited for the first 44 minutes of it, and then in the last minute, I just absolutely lost it — I had this big speech planned and it all went out the window, and I was just like, ‘Just get this done and get it through’.”
Pucovski’s personal life and his cricket career have settled into a new rhythm over the past 18 months after battles with concussion and mental health put his sporting pursuits on hold.
Pucovski features on Channel 7’s cricket coverage as an expert commentor. Credit: Getty
He was long seen as a batting prodigy around whom the Australian selectors were keen to build the next generation’s batting order.
The Victorian made his Test debut for Australia three years ago in Sydney, where he made 10 and 62 while also suffering a shoulder injury that ended his stint in the team.
Other breaks followed and Pucovski made scores of 39 and zero in a comeback to first-class cricket in October last year, his first Sheffield Shield match in 12 months.
He was subsequently left out of a 50-over game against Western Australia in Perth, with Victorian officials insisting the opener’s focus was solely red-ball cricket.
“It has been really tough, because you get a taste of it, you get a taste of the bug, and then, for one reason or another, you’re set back a little bit,” Pucovski said on Channel 7 last year, asked about his time away from the game.
“It’s just the cards you’ve been dealt, and I’m just exploring different ways to make things work.”