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England stars talk man out of jumping off bridge in Sydney

It may have been a miserable tour for England but two members of the travelling party put sport firmly in perspective as they talked a man down from jumping off Darling Harbour.

England duo Matt Prior and Stuart Broad managed to pull the man away from the bridge in Sydney and spoke to him for an hour before police arrived at the scene.

In what was reported by the Daily Telegraph as being a 'dramatic late night rescue', Prior and Broad rescued the man who was preparing to leap off the bridge near to the team's hotel.

Having got the man down and out of trouble, the pair chatted to him patiently for almost an hour until New South Wales police arrived on the scene.

"We just did what anybody would do in that situation," Prior told the Telegraph.

"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."

The man was believed to be British, hailing from Cheltenham. He had reportedly thrown his phone, passport and wallet in the water by the time the players arrived.

Prior and Broad were returning from a Barmy Army event as the England supporters' group raised funds for the Broad Appeal - a charity set up to raise awareness to combat Motor Neurone Disease.

The players are understood to have thought the man was standing on the bridge for a dare, but quickly realised the seriousness of the situation and informed Terry Minish, the team's security officer.

"Walking back to the hotel we spotted a young man on the edge of the bridge about to jump," Minish told the Telegraph.

"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 returned home on Tuesday while Broad is to remain in the country for the start of the one-day series before captaining England in the Twenty20 series against Australia.

No matter what the pair achieved on the field or will go on to do, they can be regarded as true heroes from a tour that has not been remotely positive from an England perspective.