England cricketer Steven Davies comes out as gay

Steven Davies, the England wicket keeper, has announced he is gay.

The 24-year-old came out to his family five years ago and to his teammates last year but came out publicly in an interview today.

He is the first professional cricketer to come out and just one of a handful of top British sportsmen to do so.

Mr Davies, who first played for England in 2009, told the Daily Telegraph he made the decision to tell teammates just before they went to Australia for the Ashes.

He came out after confiding in team coach Andy Flower who, with captain Andrew Strauss, telephoned every member of the team on Mr Davies