England news January 8, 2014

Prior, Broad talk man down from bridge

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England players Matt Prior and Stuart Broad were reportedly involved in preventing a man jump from a bridge near the team's hotel in Sydney. Prior and one of England's security officers helped the man away from the edge of the bridge after attending a Barmy Army charity event on Tuesday evening.

The man was spotted on the Pyrmont Bridge in Darling Harbour by Prior, having removed his shoes and thrown away his wallet, passport and mobile phone. Newspaper reports said that he was from Cheltenham, in the UK.

"We just did what anybody would do in that situation," Prior said. "We were trying to help a bloke who was struggling and in a bad way. I look back and I'm just glad we left the bar when we did and we were there for him."

Prior, Broad and security officer Terry Minish stayed with the man for almost an hour, before police attended the scene. New South Wales police declined to comment on the story.

"Walking back to the hotel we spotted a young man on the edge of the bridge about to jump," Minish said. "He was saying he just wanted to drown. Matt helped to pull him down off the edge of the bridge and sat with him until the police arrived. It all happened very quickly and we acted on impulse. It is what you do in these situations."

Prior's timely intervention is likely to be one of the final acts of a disappointing tour for him and England, his involvement ending with the conclusion of the Test series, during which he lost his place as wicketkeeper. Broad, England's T20 captain, will remain in Australia with the limited-overs squads until the beginning of February.

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  • mux164 on January 10, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    surely prior should have been in the nets rather than a barmy army do

  • Digimont on January 9, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Ok, a serious situation, I get that, but I always look for the laughs in such things, so....

    Probably told him it isn't the end of the world, there's Sri Lanka coming up. If we lose that, we'll jump with you.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 9, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Stuart Broad is a good bloke.

  • Maelstromoracle on January 9, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Well done sirs! Too often, too many people would walk on and regard it as not their problem. So stand proud boys, because you've just scored a ton and took a 5fer in the game of life.

  • wouldlovetoplayagain on January 9, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    As someone who suffered the loss of a cousin through suicide, on behalf of this man's family I would like to thank Matt Prior, Stuart Broad and Terry Minish. They could have just walked on by, but they have probably prevented this man's death and much sadness for his family and friends for many years.

  • Kingman75 on January 9, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    It was KP and prior and broad had to think hard.

  • Biggus on January 9, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    @Moppa:- Honestly mate I think what they did was commendable, but I'd expect the same from ANY decent human being. I've done similar things more than once myself and didn't expect to be lauded for it. I just assumed it was what anyone would have done.

  • Biggus on January 9, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    @Udendra:- Read the article, your answer is there.

  • neo-galactico on January 9, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Who needs Superman when you got Matt Prior?

  • Udendra on January 9, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Surely he was an english fan.

  • mux164 on January 10, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    surely prior should have been in the nets rather than a barmy army do

  • Digimont on January 9, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Ok, a serious situation, I get that, but I always look for the laughs in such things, so....

    Probably told him it isn't the end of the world, there's Sri Lanka coming up. If we lose that, we'll jump with you.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 9, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Stuart Broad is a good bloke.

  • Maelstromoracle on January 9, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Well done sirs! Too often, too many people would walk on and regard it as not their problem. So stand proud boys, because you've just scored a ton and took a 5fer in the game of life.

  • wouldlovetoplayagain on January 9, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    As someone who suffered the loss of a cousin through suicide, on behalf of this man's family I would like to thank Matt Prior, Stuart Broad and Terry Minish. They could have just walked on by, but they have probably prevented this man's death and much sadness for his family and friends for many years.

  • Kingman75 on January 9, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    It was KP and prior and broad had to think hard.

  • Biggus on January 9, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    @Moppa:- Honestly mate I think what they did was commendable, but I'd expect the same from ANY decent human being. I've done similar things more than once myself and didn't expect to be lauded for it. I just assumed it was what anyone would have done.

  • Biggus on January 9, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    @Udendra:- Read the article, your answer is there.

  • neo-galactico on January 9, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Who needs Superman when you got Matt Prior?

  • Udendra on January 9, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Surely he was an english fan.

  • Moppa on January 9, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Sorry to ruin the 'fun' but it shows a lack of perspective to make cricket-oriented jokes about this situation. A man's life was at stake and the events that led him to this situation should not be compared with mere cricketing failures as faced by Cook, Flower, Prior or anyone else. Runs or no runs, stumpings or no stumpings, wickets or no wickets, life goes on. But not with suicide. The term 'hero' is loosely bandied around in a sporting context - Prior and Broad are true heroes today. PS: this is from an avowed non-fan of Broad, in a cricketing sense.

  • kurups on January 9, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    yeah..surprised how Prior didnt drop him!!Maybe he was too "'broad" to be dropped!!

  • Biggus on January 9, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Lucky Prior didn't have to catch him.

  • Biggus on January 9, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    @wapuser:- The Courier Mail is a tabloid, what do you expect, and having seen how hysterical the Indian media is I wouldn't be pointing fingers if I were you.

  • on January 9, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Top sportsmen. Wonderful human beings. I for one am glad to support this team through all kinds of weather.

  • disco_bob on January 9, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    After such a comprehensive and humiliating drubbing and with so many travelling England supporter maybe England should have a few more of their cricketers on bridge watch.

  • on January 9, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    great work.respect......................

  • ZeeshanAdeel on January 9, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    At last England won something in the tour.. well done!!!

  • on January 9, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    I heard it was Andy Flower

  • PakiPace on January 9, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    I had heard that the man was from Essex...and the current captain of the England Test team!

  • Gabbagod on January 9, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Phew - I thought it may have been KP there for a minute but Im sure if it was then Prior and Broad would have walked straight past.

  • yoongguns on January 9, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    Thanks for saving Alastair Cook :)

  • on January 9, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Prior never ceases to impress, Broad has shown immense character but never moreso than on this occasion.

  • on January 9, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    Hats off to Prior and Broad and also to the security officer - well done guys !

  • on January 9, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    A bigger and nobler act than any Ashes or World Cup win could ever be. Matt Prior the hero!

  • on January 9, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    Am glad they did not jump off the bridge!!!! lol

  • sudhir98 on January 8, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    @Drummond johnstone C'mon man!!! please don't make lite of a suicidal attempt.

  • Biggus on January 8, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    @Sam Carr:- I think it's fair to say the opinion of most Australians vis-a-vis Stuart Broad has changed a fair bit over the summer, initially in reaction to the silly not walking witch hunt (most of us are fair minded enough to be well aware our guys don't walk) but also subsequently for his on field performances and much improved on field conduct, especially in comparison with MJ's over the top aggression this summer which hasn't always been pretty to watch. I actually opined at the start of the series that the witch hunt might in the end be the making of Broad as a player, and I've had no issues with him at all. His behaviour this summer has been beyond reproach. The only problem I have with him now is his front arm.

  • MrBail on January 8, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    True englishman :) Thank you

  • on January 8, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    A true cricket hero, stars on your cap sir for a superb good turn.

  • dunger.bob on January 8, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Congratulations fella's. You may have saved a life. Sometimes things like that can stay with you for years.

    A number of years ago I recall Shoab Ahktar more or less throwing himself in front of a car in Melbourne to stop it running over a toddler that had wandered onto the road. .. It's an instinctive thing that really good people just do without even thinking about it.

  • on January 8, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Must have been an england fan... Nice work guys!

  • on January 8, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Was it Alastair Cook ?

  • cloudmess on January 8, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Understandable if he was an England fan.

  • Peter2407 on January 8, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    Nice one Matt and Stuart. What was it you said "Come on Alistair, it's not THAT bad"?

  • TheBigBoodha on January 8, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    Great work. But how will the Courier-Mail write it up? "Matt Prior and a tall unmentionable young man save a life!"

  • kc69 on January 8, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Actually its a great job they've done proves how strong is their character.On a lighter note was that guy an English cricket fan?if yes, then its their responsibility.

  • on January 8, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Well done lads. Made someone's family very happy.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on January 8, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Prior should win ICC cricketer of the year for this. If he doesn't then the ICC have to be held accountable!

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 8, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Now this is what I call: " being in the right place at the right time". A commendable act by Prior. I also feel sorry for that person who decided to take the easy route and end his life prematurely. NOBODY has that right other than God. We are blessed to be born as humans in the first place. Sport is only entertainment and leisure, it should have NO bearing on our lives. Sure, Australia won 5-0, but it's not the end of the world for Team England or its supporters. There are BETTER things in life than cricket.

  • on January 8, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Yet all the redneck Murdoch paper in Brisbane can do is villify Stuart Broad...

  • on January 8, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    If it was Shane Watson and Haddin they would have said we saved the man thanks to Lehman!

  • on January 8, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    well done mate...Good job..

  • jinda on January 8, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    well done....... well done....... well done....... well done....... well done....... well done....... well done.......

  • 1_234 on January 8, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    you guys are good human being.

  • jagandeva on January 8, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Good job done....Guys off field it is good that we are all human beings...and guys have done what they got to do ...God bless

  • on January 8, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Cricket...its just sport. England will bounce back next time.

  • on January 8, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    MAke that 5-5 for the Ashes....great work Matty..proud of you mate!

  • on January 8, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    great job Matt, Stuart & co.

  • Harshtmm on January 8, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Any cricketing success pales in comparision with what you guys did. Good stuff guys, God bless you.

  • BigINDFan on January 8, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Kudos to Prior and Broad and Minish for saving a life! Hope things get better for the bloke since life can be very tough but not impossible. The English team can one thing from this - so what if you lost the Ashes 5-0, life moves on and sometimes you need a fresh prespective and help to get back on track.

  • on January 8, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    But was his reason for wanting to jump the England performances?

  • on January 8, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Somethings are more important than sport. Top people

  • CapitalMarkets on January 8, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    It may not have felt like it at the time but this is the most significant thing that Messrs Prior and Broad will accomplish on the tour. People with self-destructive tendencies have almost always lost sight of their own preciousness and the fact that two international sportsmen were there for him demonstrates that they have both a healthy respect for the value of this life and a warm sense of humanity which transcends their sporting achievements.

  • on January 8, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Good stuff from Prior and Broad, hoping Prior returns to his top form and will be included in the test team against Sri Lanka. Again, brilliant by these two top cricketers.

  • srinideva on January 8, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    God bless you guys..well done..

  • C.Gull on January 8, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Wow - well done guys. Something good for Prior to take home.

  • on January 8, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    well done hats off sir .,...respect from bottom of the heart...salute you sir ..broady ..from an oz supporter ....this greater than winning 1000 ashes

  • anserazim on January 8, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    That makes it 5-1....!!! More than a test win.

  • on January 8, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    All credit and maximum respect to Broad and Prior. As to the guy they helped, I hope things work out for him. Life can be tough and everybody needs some help at some point even if it is just someone to sit down and listen to them and make them feel like someone cares.

  • PPL11 on January 8, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Well done sir !!!

  • shillingsworth on January 8, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Last paragraph rather misses the point. When he helped the man back to safety, I very much doubt whether Prior was thinking about his future as England wicketkeeper. Some perspective please....

  • jb633 on January 8, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Yeah I agree, makes it seem almost pathetic that I have been brooding over a cricket result I was no part of and has had no impact on me and the family. Definitely puts everything into perspective and i hope the man involved seeks help and overcomes his issues.

  • on January 8, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Respect. Respect. Respect

  • on January 8, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Hats off to Prior and Broad - a good deed is a good deed irrespective of what state of mind you are in, especially after a traumatic battering of a 0-5 loss... I am sure you will bounce back sooner than later...guys... keep up the spirit..

  • on January 8, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Great work !!! Keep it up !! And rescue England team also in same way...

  • on January 8, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Puts the whole thing into perspective really, I know a lot of people have issues with Broady, England fans as well as Aussies but this shows the kind of guys these two are.

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  • on January 8, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Puts the whole thing into perspective really, I know a lot of people have issues with Broady, England fans as well as Aussies but this shows the kind of guys these two are.

  • on January 8, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Great work !!! Keep it up !! And rescue England team also in same way...

  • on January 8, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Hats off to Prior and Broad - a good deed is a good deed irrespective of what state of mind you are in, especially after a traumatic battering of a 0-5 loss... I am sure you will bounce back sooner than later...guys... keep up the spirit..

  • on January 8, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Respect. Respect. Respect

  • jb633 on January 8, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Yeah I agree, makes it seem almost pathetic that I have been brooding over a cricket result I was no part of and has had no impact on me and the family. Definitely puts everything into perspective and i hope the man involved seeks help and overcomes his issues.

  • shillingsworth on January 8, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Last paragraph rather misses the point. When he helped the man back to safety, I very much doubt whether Prior was thinking about his future as England wicketkeeper. Some perspective please....

  • PPL11 on January 8, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Well done sir !!!

  • on January 8, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    All credit and maximum respect to Broad and Prior. As to the guy they helped, I hope things work out for him. Life can be tough and everybody needs some help at some point even if it is just someone to sit down and listen to them and make them feel like someone cares.

  • anserazim on January 8, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    That makes it 5-1....!!! More than a test win.

  • on January 8, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    well done hats off sir .,...respect from bottom of the heart...salute you sir ..broady ..from an oz supporter ....this greater than winning 1000 ashes