England news February 28, 2011

Steven Davies reveals he is gay

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England and Surrey wicketkeeper Steven Davies has revealed he is gay, becoming the first playing professional cricketer to so. Davies, who was part of England's successful Ashes tour, went public with the news in an interview with the Daily Telegraph . He said he was comfortable with who he is and hopes his announcement would make it easier for others to be open about their sexuality.

"I'm comfortable with who I am - and happy to say who I am in public," Davies said. "To speak out is a massive relief for me, but if I can just help one person to deal with their sexuality then that's all I care about."

Davies came out to his friends and family five years ago and confided in England coach Andy Flower ahead of the Ashes tour, with Flower and captain Andrew Strauss then letting the rest of the squad know.

"It was a fantastic thing to do, telling the lads," he said. "The difference is huge. I am so much happier. I told Andy Flower first. It was a tough thing for me to do, to tell him face-to-face, but I had to do it. He supported me 100%, [both] him and Andrew Strauss. It was the right thing to do as I felt I couldn't live like this anymore.

"I didn't enjoy going on tour too much because of the secret, and the Ashes was going to be a 3½-month tour. That's a long time and I would have really struggled to finish it. My sexuality is an essential part of who I am, so I wanted the boys to know."

Strauss said that he would tell half the squad, with Flower telling the others. Two days later, Davies met his team-mates at Lord's, where their reaction could not have been more supportive.

"I was so nervous," he said. "I got there really early -- I was the first one. I couldn't think of anything except what they were going to say and how they would react. In fact, everyone was great. They just said it wasn't an issue."

Matt Prior, who was his rival for the wicketkeeping position and is playing that role in the World Cup, came over to give Davies a hug. "He couldn't believe I had kept it to myself for this long," Davies said. "He said I should have told him. That was special."

Davies becomes one of only a handful of professional sportsmen to come out. Footballer Justin Fashanu, who died in 1998, and dual-code rugby international Gareth Thomas are the only two British sportsman to previously do so during their playing careers. "Gareth Thomas' story helped me," Davies said. "It showed me it can be done. He was brave enough to stand up and say who he was. If I can help anyone else like he helped me, that would be great."

Flower said he has the full support of the England set up and backed Davies to regain his place in the one-day squad he lost just prior to the World Cup. "This is something Steve chose to discuss with me and the squad some time ago. I would like to make it very clear that Steve is first and foremost a very talented cricketer and a valued member of the England set-up.

"Steve has had and will continue to have the full respect and support of the entire squad and everyone involved in England cricket. I have no doubt that he will continue to work hard to regain a place in the England squad."

Davies' England team-mate batsman Ian Bell said the news had no affect on team whatsoever. "For us as a group, it didn't affect anything for Steve or any of the other lads," Bell said. "It helped him by speaking to the guys and we just got on with it. He's a fantastic cricketer and we're all with him. We support Steve as any of the other lads. He's a good mate of mine and that doesn't change absolutely anything. He's a massively important person in our team going forward. The more cricket he can play for England, the better."

Vikram Solanki, chairman of the Professional Cricketers' Association, and Davies' former team-mate at Worcestershire said: "Steve has the full support of all his colleagues in cricket. Many of those Steve plays with and against have known about this for some time and none of them regard it as anything other than an entirely personal matter."

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  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | March 2, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Given that many cricketers are Muslim (and make a great public show of their faith) and that Stephen Davies can hope to play Test/ODI/T20 cricket against them in his career, I am of the opinion that it is for these icons of and in other countries to come out and demonstrate their support of sportsmen and women by welcoming them into their sporting arenas, regardless of their sexual orientation. SD has, if you'll pardon the pun, thrown down the gauntlet to them - and shown great moral courage in doing so. There are, of course, many, many gay sportsmen and women in all cultures but they are afraid to come out. It would be brilliant, for example, if the PCB could make a public statement to the effect that SD and any other cricketers who are gay are most welcome in Pakistan (when Pakistan is able to host international cricket again). And, Steve, I wish you great success in your cricketing career - and now help get Surrey back in Div 1 - and then top of it!

  • POSTED BY S-OMAIR-ASHRAF on | March 2, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    haa haa..... ENGLAND got 1 item to celebrat their victory in future :-)

    Gud Luck team mates .... enjoy

  • POSTED BY Budapest on | March 1, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Yesterday I wrote to cricinfo and asked why there was no reference to this story fearing there was prejudice on this site not to place it. How wrong I was and after seeing various positive reactions in the comments I am glad this story is now out there. All the best to Steven Davies. I now plan to join Surrey CC though I am a lifelong Somerset supporter.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Being gay in a team sport could be tough. You worry about your team-mates point of view (as Stephen clearly states above) You live in each others pockets on tour. It's hard. Justin Fashanu's story - his life, his ostricization, and his sad suicide show how this issue can effect sportsmen and women. It's very different from coming out in a solo sport - very different indeed. That's why so few have done it. Over 400 pro crickets in UK alone, a couple of thousand worldwide. Steve is the first to out himself, you can bet there are at least a hundred more. Being the first takes guts. Well done Steve, now get back to Worcestershire and play some proper Div One cricket rather than languishing down with your new Surrey mates in Div 2

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Profession homosexuality in an individual sport and doing the same in a team environment are very different issues. Just stop and think about what it entails. In some areas of the world this won't even be "news" in others it will be quite profound. I've shared dressing rooms in cricket and rugby with guys we've known were gay. It's really hard for them - essp in THAT environment. It takes a lot of guts to come out and say it. People get strange ideas and can be quite negative in these situations. It's good to hear that team England arent. So it's ok to say it's not news for you. You are lucky to live in an enlightened society where people are judged on their worth. However, for many cultures - an all male sporting environment and all that entails - and homosexuality are incompatible. The more people like Davies who come out the better Well done Steve - still shouldn't have gone to Surrey though mate. (you'd be playing Div 1 this year if you hadn't...lol)

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    For those of you who think it is a "non story" or that "it doesn't matter, because it is his life" or "why did he do it, its his cricket we are interested in, not his sexuality". Well it may not have occurred to you, but it matters to Steven. As he is the one that had to live in denial in the middle, or in the dressing room. And if his revelation has relieved him of a burden, then maybe, just maybe that may help him to improve his game. And I am sure that he is not attention seeking in all this. God knows, he will attract some negative comments, but I would like to think positive attitudes can banish the negative ones into the closet, so to speak. Some of you guys may have forgotten "The Spirit of Cricket" so maybe you need to refresh your memories, and revise it once more.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    "Steven Davies reveals he is gay" ...wow!! But who is he? Isit worth of news?

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 1, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    I fail to understand how this is such a big deal in the free world we live and taken by suprise on how much it meant to Steve and him waiting the reaction of the team - that's intense and its really no body's business. Are we seriously suggesting in modern England in this day and age there those who would walk out the team (or something dramatic) because one of them was gay?? I think its more of a reflection of how backward the society is in relation to gay issues than anything else but good on Steven.

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | March 1, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    I think Masudkhan and co. are missing the point here. this is a very significant moment for sport and esp cricket. Also, undoubtedly a massive relief for Davies. In an ideal world, he wouldn't have to admit anything. The same way Sachin wouldn't have to admit he writes left handed or that Sangakkara prefers coffee over tea. However, with homophobia being a MASSIVE issue in the world of sports (and the military) historically, and people having to feel they need to hide their homosexuality, I am sure Steve and other gay sportsmen have had nightmares that they can't express how they feel for fear of being judged, mocked, and abused. Hopefully in the years to come, sexual orientation won't be a big deal to anyone and this sort of thing will not be newsworthy.

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | March 1, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    No any problem with that.Some times their may be gay cricketers in other teams also. But they are not in public.You are a talented batsman and england's next main wicket keeper.You have a major role in england team.wish you a better future!

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | March 2, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Given that many cricketers are Muslim (and make a great public show of their faith) and that Stephen Davies can hope to play Test/ODI/T20 cricket against them in his career, I am of the opinion that it is for these icons of and in other countries to come out and demonstrate their support of sportsmen and women by welcoming them into their sporting arenas, regardless of their sexual orientation. SD has, if you'll pardon the pun, thrown down the gauntlet to them - and shown great moral courage in doing so. There are, of course, many, many gay sportsmen and women in all cultures but they are afraid to come out. It would be brilliant, for example, if the PCB could make a public statement to the effect that SD and any other cricketers who are gay are most welcome in Pakistan (when Pakistan is able to host international cricket again). And, Steve, I wish you great success in your cricketing career - and now help get Surrey back in Div 1 - and then top of it!

  • POSTED BY S-OMAIR-ASHRAF on | March 2, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    haa haa..... ENGLAND got 1 item to celebrat their victory in future :-)

    Gud Luck team mates .... enjoy

  • POSTED BY Budapest on | March 1, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Yesterday I wrote to cricinfo and asked why there was no reference to this story fearing there was prejudice on this site not to place it. How wrong I was and after seeing various positive reactions in the comments I am glad this story is now out there. All the best to Steven Davies. I now plan to join Surrey CC though I am a lifelong Somerset supporter.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Being gay in a team sport could be tough. You worry about your team-mates point of view (as Stephen clearly states above) You live in each others pockets on tour. It's hard. Justin Fashanu's story - his life, his ostricization, and his sad suicide show how this issue can effect sportsmen and women. It's very different from coming out in a solo sport - very different indeed. That's why so few have done it. Over 400 pro crickets in UK alone, a couple of thousand worldwide. Steve is the first to out himself, you can bet there are at least a hundred more. Being the first takes guts. Well done Steve, now get back to Worcestershire and play some proper Div One cricket rather than languishing down with your new Surrey mates in Div 2

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Profession homosexuality in an individual sport and doing the same in a team environment are very different issues. Just stop and think about what it entails. In some areas of the world this won't even be "news" in others it will be quite profound. I've shared dressing rooms in cricket and rugby with guys we've known were gay. It's really hard for them - essp in THAT environment. It takes a lot of guts to come out and say it. People get strange ideas and can be quite negative in these situations. It's good to hear that team England arent. So it's ok to say it's not news for you. You are lucky to live in an enlightened society where people are judged on their worth. However, for many cultures - an all male sporting environment and all that entails - and homosexuality are incompatible. The more people like Davies who come out the better Well done Steve - still shouldn't have gone to Surrey though mate. (you'd be playing Div 1 this year if you hadn't...lol)

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    For those of you who think it is a "non story" or that "it doesn't matter, because it is his life" or "why did he do it, its his cricket we are interested in, not his sexuality". Well it may not have occurred to you, but it matters to Steven. As he is the one that had to live in denial in the middle, or in the dressing room. And if his revelation has relieved him of a burden, then maybe, just maybe that may help him to improve his game. And I am sure that he is not attention seeking in all this. God knows, he will attract some negative comments, but I would like to think positive attitudes can banish the negative ones into the closet, so to speak. Some of you guys may have forgotten "The Spirit of Cricket" so maybe you need to refresh your memories, and revise it once more.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    "Steven Davies reveals he is gay" ...wow!! But who is he? Isit worth of news?

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 1, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    I fail to understand how this is such a big deal in the free world we live and taken by suprise on how much it meant to Steve and him waiting the reaction of the team - that's intense and its really no body's business. Are we seriously suggesting in modern England in this day and age there those who would walk out the team (or something dramatic) because one of them was gay?? I think its more of a reflection of how backward the society is in relation to gay issues than anything else but good on Steven.

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | March 1, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    I think Masudkhan and co. are missing the point here. this is a very significant moment for sport and esp cricket. Also, undoubtedly a massive relief for Davies. In an ideal world, he wouldn't have to admit anything. The same way Sachin wouldn't have to admit he writes left handed or that Sangakkara prefers coffee over tea. However, with homophobia being a MASSIVE issue in the world of sports (and the military) historically, and people having to feel they need to hide their homosexuality, I am sure Steve and other gay sportsmen have had nightmares that they can't express how they feel for fear of being judged, mocked, and abused. Hopefully in the years to come, sexual orientation won't be a big deal to anyone and this sort of thing will not be newsworthy.

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | March 1, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    No any problem with that.Some times their may be gay cricketers in other teams also. But they are not in public.You are a talented batsman and england's next main wicket keeper.You have a major role in england team.wish you a better future!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    i dont understand if he is proud of himself and he knows whats he doing, then why did he feel he needs to tell his team mates and the whole world. we are not worried in his sexuality , crickets is what we care for. it was hardly even necessary in my point of view.

  • POSTED BY Nightwing32 on | March 1, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    See the thing is that the reason that I don't really see this as a story is that there are heaps of athletes who are gay, so it is just their choice and they play sport...okay that's cool.

  • POSTED BY laven on | March 1, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    its not easy to be part of the minority population...im really glad you did wat u did ...its now easier to be who you are....bravo on ur strength STEVEN DAVIES

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | March 1, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    I second Masudkhan. If you got to tell something, Show it in your cricket or else Log off...

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | March 1, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    If Michael Clarke breaking up with his girlfriend is a story then this is a HUGE story. Well done Davies for the bravery to do this because it's clearly something that many sportsmen have thought they have had to hide. His positive experience coming out should help others gain the confidence to do the same. Even if not to the public but to their teamates. Hopefully one day it will be a non-issue, right now it needs to be an issue.

  • POSTED BY Mob_King on | March 1, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    Well done mate! This is great news for the game, and a massive moment for the man himself.

    Keep middling the ball and best of luck for your future career~

  • POSTED BY maxinquaye7 on | March 1, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Masudkhan - your idea that Davies came out in order to get some "public sympathy" says an awful lot about your views on homosexuality. people like Davies don't need sympathy, they need support and encouragement. hopefully, one day, gay men and women won't even need support and encouragement to come out as the issue of sexuality becomes irrelevant to all but the bigoted few. at the moment, that's just a fantasy but Davies has just taken the first of many steps required to get there. he is to be supported, lauded and thanked for the brave choice he has made.

  • POSTED BY Dhanno on | March 1, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Yeah even with this being "his life" and "his choice" he happens to be the first professional cricketer to admit so. And that is not because we all are a nice, accepting and welcoming lot that other cricketers did not find it necessary to come out. Not a single cricketer ever came out cause in sports the discrimination can be huge, from fans, sometimes ignorant oppositions/ self teammates, countries rubbish policies and in general the fear of coming out when you are part of a sport which requires same sex bonding (group bonding basically). A gay person would be reluctant since he would not know how it can affect his dynamics with his team-mates (again because there is no precedent of open gay sportspeople). So its a huge step for him to come out and for a sport which is not so forward thinking and having 80% base in a country which def cannot be called gay friendly, I am proud we have a player who has come out and he is getting all the support he absolutely deserves.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    I'm glad he came out.. but no offense, i kinda already thought he was gay

  • POSTED BY athentik on | March 1, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    The fact that there is such celebrity status appended to one who admits being gay shows that society is prejudiced, or that there is some level of abnormality about such status.

    That would be the day when someone straight comes out declaring same.

  • POSTED BY zeden165 on | March 1, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    It is very brave of him to speak out loud to the world that he is gay which many wouldn't reveal, but now that is out of the way, he can breath air of relif and concentrate getting back to the England Team back again, all the best for his future, may god bless him!

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | March 1, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Good on him. I hope he has a great career. He will cop a bit of flack from morons in the crowd, but it shouldn't be too big a problem for him in western countries. However I wonder how he will be received in more "traditional" cultures?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    I agree wholeheartedly with all the positive supportive comments towards Steven Davies. Its a hell of a decision to make, and very brave. Especially when you are sharing a dressing room with another 10+ players. But I am proud of the England squad for being so understanding and supportive. England leading the way where these issues are concerned. Well done boys, and well done Steven. May your career be long and successful.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    So who is next on line????

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | February 28, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    It is cricket we are interested. It doesn't matter who they are. Courageous Steve !!

  • POSTED BY orwell1984 on | February 28, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    well done fella! i have followed your career from the start i think you are very brave now do what i have always expected of you, and become the best keeper batsmen in the world

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Who cares anyways? It's his life.

  • POSTED BY imrankmarri on | February 28, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    This is definitely big news and hats off to Davies. It might not seem like a huge deal for someone to be openly gay in England or some other European countries however most of the world is not as advanced and gays face very high levels of discrimination. There are countries where you are killed for being gay. Can you imagine the shame a gay person must live with in one of these countries? Also, imagine the self pride a gay person in one of those countries would feel reading about Davies. Hats off sir!!

  • POSTED BY Baria00 on | February 28, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    kudos to come davies to come out of closet to speak. its a very brave thing to do..all the support to him and his family...also he deservs to be in the playing eleven right now not prior. i think he has become a hero to many young cricketers who are affraid to publicly come out with their sexual orientation..again Bravo Daives..Hats off to you..

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    This his life and his choice it should not be problem to keep playing cricket

  • POSTED BY Masudkhan on | February 28, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    I dont know what is he trying to prove by going public??? May be looking for some public sympathy? If it is a personal matter why disclose it in public?

  • POSTED BY dinster77 on | February 28, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    For guys who think this is a non story - you have missed the point. How many professional cricketers have come out of the closet? Cricket IMO has been the slowest to confront and solve issues facing them. We'll see how this one is handled.

    To Davies - Hats off!

  • POSTED BY Manikchand_Gutka_eating_desi on | February 28, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Let's put it this way. Before he had this on back of his mind all the time. Now since he has told the team and now entire world knows, it should help him clear his mind. I think now he can completely focus on cricket and become better player. Well done Davies in Ashes and may god bring you success for all the hard work you put in. Keep it up!!!

  • POSTED BY Venkat144 on | February 28, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Good luck Dave, hope you regain your spot in the squad soon.

  • POSTED BY Something_Witty on | February 28, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    I agree with Nightwing32. Honestly there have been plenty of gay cricketers and sportsman. Davies is brave for coming out and saying it, but he does play for England, so this should have 0 impact on selection or how he's treated. I'd like to think that in 2011 we're past the stage that someone's sexuality actually matters a jot.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    well being a gay cannot affect his cricket n selection as its legal these days so no issues shud be made out of it.....

  • POSTED BY awg3599 on | February 28, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    I think the very fact that he is the ONLY current professional cricketer to come out is a story and obviously a very brave thing to do - despite what some of the other comments might suggest to the contrary. I would hope that from now on any other crickets (or whatever sport) inspired by this do become "non-stories" - as it should be in 2011. However, what chance of a non-story should he in the future ever be selected to tour to Zimbabwe or Pakistan? Would he and his partner (assuming he has one) be welcome in countries where their relationship/sexuality is illegal? Would this effect his selection? Potentially, still a lot of stories to be written on this.....

  • POSTED BY Malik_Rehman on | February 28, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    It should definitely be a news. It should definitely be made public the way his team's supported him. Of course a nice positive news. Good for the kid and good for the great sport of cricket and good for sport in general. I believe as tolerant as the world's become to homosexuality, Every gay athlete still has to face the possibility of having to go play in countries where open homosexuality can be a death penalty, go play and deal with cultures and societies where he/she will be looked down upon, hence the diffidence, uncertainty and sometimes timidness of poor athlete. So when the gay in that athlete comes out, it's a huge step for him/her not knowing how his/her comrades 're going to react, and it can be just another great step in his/her *being normal and who he/she is as athlete* ... Awesome story ESPNcricinfo staff :)

  • POSTED BY gracegift on | February 28, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    I think he's got to be very courageous to have revealed this. I hope the opposition does not sledge him for this. Sledging about it should be put on par with racial insult.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    For all the people saying is there a point to the story, yes there is a point. Steve Davies is in the spotlight of International cricket and he's in a position to encourage others to 'come out' and be comfortable with their sexuality. All credit to him it's an incredibly hard choice to make but it's the right one. If it makes him more comfortable going on long tours and as a result improves his performances further then it can only be a good thing for himself and the team.

  • POSTED BY banter123 on | February 28, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    It is a brave thing to do,hundreds of sports person have not done so,still he needs to work on his batting and immune from this isssues which media will create. Being gay should not draw headlines in a global world,hope someone regulates media

  • POSTED BY MAD-1 on | February 28, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Finally........finally we have an admitted Gay cricketer.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    I don't think people see the magnitude of this. There is still discrimination for homosexuals in sport and what he has done is very brave of him. Well done to Steve and good luck to him.

  • POSTED BY Overdrive on | February 28, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    yeah.. when i read the news .. i was like... yeah.. so? what is the big deal .. he is a good cricketer and thats all it matters.. But reading how coming out of the closet has relieved him the emotional burden.. am happy for him.. ofcourse we are okay with that! now go and perform young man!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | February 28, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @nightwing I agree, however, there are some factions that would take a somewhat different view. I hope it encourages others to come out. The ECB and england team knew about this before the Ashes. If it allows him to focus on his batting and Keeping then it can only be good for the england set up.

  • POSTED BY Nightwing32 on | February 28, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Is there a point to this story?

    I mean he is gay...so what.

    Not like it makes any difference at all.

  • POSTED BY jaggernot on | February 28, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    that should not affect his cricket or selection.....best of luck

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    I agree with Amu123. In these times, this is surely a non-story.

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | February 28, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Yeah I dont think he is the first or the last. If I was an England supporter I would be hoping this brings about some improvement in shot selection. Looked pretty shaky when he was down under. No one really cares mate as long as you can play, its 2011.

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | February 28, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    This is remarkably brave from Davies no doubt, but I salute him for coming out and being unafraid to make his own choices, regardless of what others think. Much respect. He too is a human being who should be free to live his life the way he wishes.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | February 28, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    good luck to the lad, very brave

  • POSTED BY DamithSampath on | February 28, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    He should be given an award by GLAAD! (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Well done Davies! We shall always be alongside you!

  • POSTED BY Amu123 on | February 28, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I do not think why this should be an issue... it is not something illegal... this should not be made a news,,, this is his life & his choice...

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  • POSTED BY Amu123 on | February 28, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I do not think why this should be an issue... it is not something illegal... this should not be made a news,,, this is his life & his choice...

  • POSTED BY DamithSampath on | February 28, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    He should be given an award by GLAAD! (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Well done Davies! We shall always be alongside you!

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | February 28, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    good luck to the lad, very brave

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | February 28, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    This is remarkably brave from Davies no doubt, but I salute him for coming out and being unafraid to make his own choices, regardless of what others think. Much respect. He too is a human being who should be free to live his life the way he wishes.

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | February 28, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Yeah I dont think he is the first or the last. If I was an England supporter I would be hoping this brings about some improvement in shot selection. Looked pretty shaky when he was down under. No one really cares mate as long as you can play, its 2011.

  • POSTED BY on | February 28, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    I agree with Amu123. In these times, this is surely a non-story.

  • POSTED BY jaggernot on | February 28, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    that should not affect his cricket or selection.....best of luck

  • POSTED BY Nightwing32 on | February 28, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Is there a point to this story?

    I mean he is gay...so what.

    Not like it makes any difference at all.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | February 28, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @nightwing I agree, however, there are some factions that would take a somewhat different view. I hope it encourages others to come out. The ECB and england team knew about this before the Ashes. If it allows him to focus on his batting and Keeping then it can only be good for the england set up.

  • POSTED BY Overdrive on | February 28, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    yeah.. when i read the news .. i was like... yeah.. so? what is the big deal .. he is a good cricketer and thats all it matters.. But reading how coming out of the closet has relieved him the emotional burden.. am happy for him.. ofcourse we are okay with that! now go and perform young man!