Keeper is out . . . and proud

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

ENG­LAND wicket keeper Steve Davies has be­come the coun­try’s first pro­fes­sional crick­eter to pub­licly an­nounce he is gay. The 24-year-old said he told Eng­land coach Andy Flower last year be­fore go­ing on the Ashes tour to Aus­tralia in which he played in the lim­ited-overs matches. ‘‘ I have got noth­ing to hide and I am ready to tell peo­ple . . . I feel it is right to be out in the open about my sex­u­al­ity,’’ Davies said. Flower said Davies’ pri­vate life was his own concern and had ‘ no bear­ing on his abil­ity to ex­cel at the very high­est level’.

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