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Cricket Australia denies James Faulkner is gay, says his tweet was 'taken out of context'

Many fans and even fellow cricketers had congratulated James Faulkner after he posted a photo with another man and referred to him as 'boyfriend.'

Cricket Australia denies James Faulkner is gay, says his tweet was 'taken out of context'
Photo courtesy: Instagram

Melbourne: Australia all-rounder James Faulkner caused confusion about his sexuality on social media on Tuesday after he posted a picture of himself having dinner with "the boyfriend" before Cricket Australia later clarified it was a joke.

Faulkner, who turned 29 on Monday, shared a picture of himself at a restaurant with his mother and a male friend with his 339,000 followers on Instagram and wrote: "Birthday dinner with the boyfriend".

He also added the hashtag "#togetherfor5years".

The post drew over 20,000 "likes" and supportive comments from fellow international cricketers.

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell wrote: "Happy birthday mate! Great courage."

Former Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait echoed the sentiment, posting: "Great courage mate, bet you feel better happy birthday."

Global media, including Britain`s Daily Mail and The Guardian, reported that Faulkner had become the first Australian cricketer to "come out".

Cricket Australia poured cold water on the reports, however, with a spokesman saying Faulkner had made a "joke" that was "taken out of context".

Faulkner was named man of the match at the World Cup final in Melbourne four years ago but has not played an international since a one-day game away to India in Oct. 2017.