Cricket star James “Jimmy” Anderson appears on the October cover of UK gay glossy Attitude.

The cover photo, taken by fashion photographer Ram Shergill, features the 28-year-old six-foot-two sports figure wearing a pair of chemical-washed jeans, black boots and little else.

Anderson, who plays for the UK's Lancashire County Cricket Club, insists there is no homophobia in the game.

“I think the game is moving with the times,” he told the AFP. “From my point of view, I think this could be fantastic for cricket.”

“If there are any gay cricketers, they should feel confident enough to come out, because I don't think there is homophobia in cricket,” he added.

Anderson and Daniella Lloyd, a fashion model, married in 2006 and welcomed daughter Lola Rose in 2009.

Anderson's decision to pose for the magazine was praised by its editor, Matthew Todd, who said the sport star is sending a “strong, playful signal that sportsmen can be comfortable with homosexuality among team-mates and fans.”

He added that Lloyd was instrumental in convincing her husband to appear on the cover.