August 12, 2022
Former New Zealand fast bowler Heath Davis came out as gay

Former New Zealand fast bowler Heath Davis has come out as gay. He is the first male international cricketer from his country to do so.

in a documentary series for spinoff Called “Scratched: Aotearoa’s Lost Sporting Legends,” Davis opened up about his sexuality and the “lonely” experience of living separate lives on and off the field until he moved from Wellington to Auckland.

“First Tour of England” [in 1994]’I was starting to find myself, going a few times more things in private to see what life is like… well, you’re on the other side of the world, no one is going to know you,'” he said. “I went there that part of my life. There was a lot in him, just keeping his personal life separate.

“It was lonely. Going to the sauna and busy places to have sex because you didn’t want to be seen and stuff like that. I had systems and people where I could talk about these things but I didn’t feel comfortable “

Davies, who is renowned as one of New Zealand’s fastest bowlers to date, but who struggled for control, played five Tests and 11 ODIs between 1994 and 1997. After being dropped by New Zealand for the last time in 1997 after a tour of Australia, Davis opted to move to Auckland.

“All the stars aligned to move,” he said. “Everyone in Auckland knew I was gay; it didn’t seem like such a big issue on the team. Maybe some young people if you’re sharing a room with them or something, but just a little s**t. Things I thought might have been problems, they really weren’t. I just felt free.”

Davis moved to Brisbane in 2004 and had to amputate a part of his leg after a forklift truck accident in 2009.

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

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