Australian cricketer James Faulkner's misleading caption leads thousands to believe he's in same-sex relationship

Australian cricketer James Faulkner has confused fans and teammates after making a misleading caption which had people believing he was in a same-sex relationship.

James Faulkner appeals successfully for the wicket of Broom in 2017. Source: Photosport

The all-rounder casually took to social media to post about his 29th birthday where he shared a photo of himself with his mother and partner of five years, Rob Jubb.

"Birthday dinner with the boyfriend @robjubbsta and my mother @roslyn_carol_faulkner #togetherfor5years," the post's caption read.

The post was met with plenty of praise with fellow Australian cricketers Glenn Maxwell and Brett Lee leading the charge.

"Happy birthday mate! Great courage," Maxwell said.

"Good on ya mate. Have a lovely birthday Jimmy," Lee added.

The problem though is that while Jubb is indeed Faulkner's partner, it's only in a business sense.

A Cricket Australia spokesman told the Sydney Morning Herald this morning that Faulkner's post was "misinterpreted" adding that "the person he is posing with is his business partner".

Same-sex relationships have become more common in female cricket in recent years with New Zealand all-rounder Hayley Jensen and Australian cricketer Nicola Hancock the latest to tie the knot, but it's still a rare sight in the men's game.

In 2011, former England wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Davies became the first active professional male player to announce he was gay. He played eight ODIs and five T20s for his country.

Faulkner on the other hand has notched one Test, 69 ODIs and 24 T20s for Australia with a highlight being named man of the match in the 2015 Cricket World Cup final over the Black Caps at the MCG.

He last played for Australia in February 2017.