Heath Davis: Former Test bowler becomes first New Zealand male player to come out as gay | Cricket News


Heath Davis bowling for New Zealand A against England in 1997

Former Speed ​​Test player Heath Davis has become the first New Zealand international cricketer to come out as gay.

Davis, now 50 and living in Australia, played five Tests and 11 one-day internationals from 1994 to 1997, while enjoying a long domestic career as a fast but erratic bowler.

« I felt there was this part of my life that I was hiding, » he said in an interview with online magazine The Spinoff.

“There was a lot of that, just keeping your personal life separate. It was lonely…I was repressing it, I wasn’t living a gay life.”

Davis said life improved after a move from his native Wellington to play national cricket in the more cosmopolitan city of Auckland in 1997.

“I felt there was this part of my life that I had to express, I was tired of hiding it,” he added.

« Everyone in Auckland knew I was gay, on the team, but it didn’t seem like such a big deal…I just felt free. »

Former England wicketkeeper Steven Davies became the first men’s international cricketer to come out publicly as gay in early 2011.


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