«Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being house mates! Good on everyone for being so supportive.»
Cricket Australia also released a statement saying neither it nor Faulkner considered «the social commentary this morning» to be a joke.
«His comment was made as a genuine reflection of his relationship with his business partner, best friend and house mate of five years. He was not contacted for clarification before some outlets reported his Instagram post as an announcement of a homosexual relationship
«James and CA are supportive of the LGBQTI community and recognise coming out can be an incredibly emotional time. The post was not in any way meant to make light of this and, though the support from the community was overwhelming and positive, Cricket Australia apologises for any unintended offence.»
Faulkner is not a CA contracted player, but he does have a contract with Cricket Tasmania.
It’s understood Faulkner has jokingly referred to long-time friend Jubb as his «boyfriend» for years.
The initial post had drawn more than 18,000 likes and over 800 comments, with plenty of followers believing the post was a declaration that Faulkner was gay, including some other cricketers.
«Happy birthday mate! Great courage,» fellow cricketer Glenn Maxwell wrote on the post followed by the ‘clapping hands’ emoji.
Former Australian Test fast bowler Shaun Tait also posted: «Great courage mate, bet u feel better.»
The post has also garnered some negative and homophobic comments, but they have been outweighed by the messages of support.
«Truly sorry on behalf of all the homophobes here. Don’t pay any attention to them! Take care! Have a beautiful life,» posted someone with the username Dazzlingpalls, adding the hashtag LoveIsLove.
Faulkner was named man of the match at the most recent cricket World Cup final but has fallen out of favour with national selectors in recent years.
He played with the Melbourne Stars in the BBL until the start of last season, when he moved to the Hobart Hurricanes.
There are very few professional sportsmen who are openly gay, and only one international cricketer has come out during his career — England’s Steven Davies, during an Australian Ashes summer in 2011.
Earlier this year, West Indies cricketer Shannon Gabriel was charged and apologised for comments he made to England skipper Joe Root during a Test match.
Gabriel said he asked Root if Root «liked boys,» to which the England batsman replied «don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.»
Gabriel later released a statement, saying: «I know now that it was offensive and for that I am deeply sorry.»
James is The Sydney Morning Herald’s Sport digital editor. He has previously held positions at AAP and, most recently, football website FourFourTwo where he was Southeast Asian managing editor.