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Shurley s $9m mansion
Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne. Picture: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images.

Shane Warne and Liz Hurley are said to have splashed out on a £6 million ($9.1 million) English mansion after news that the former cricketer has put his Melbourne property up for sale.

Despite being engaged for almost a year, the couple, above, are yet to move in together but the purchase of the Georgian manor near Gloucestershire, where Hurley lives, indicates they are ready to take the next step.

The palatial 76ha property in the English countryside boasts 13 bedrooms along with four cottages, a private lake and tennis courts.

On Monday Warne took to Twitter to gush about his love for Hurley and their combined brood of four, saying he was "lucky" and "feeling the love".

Meanwhile, the search is on for who will play Warne in Nine's proposed series on Aussie cricket legends.

After the success of Howzat!, the channel is reportedly keen to start moving with a follow-up series focusing on stars such as Warne, Mark and Steve Waugh and Merv Hughes.

It will also feature actors portraying Hurley and Warne's former wife Simone Callahan.

Sources say Offspring's Eddie Perfect, who trained at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and played Warne in Shane Warne: The Musical, is top of the list to be cast as the controversial sportsman, while former Neighbours starlet Nicola Charles could play Hurley.

The West Australian

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