England news January 8, 2014

Prior, Broad talk man down from bridge

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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

  • David 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.

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

    Stuart Broad is a good bloke.

  • Darren 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.

  • Rod 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.

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

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

  • Richard 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.

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

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

  • Khehla 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.

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