Prior, Broad talk man out of suicide in Sydney

England cricketers Matt Prior and Stuart Broad turned Good Samaritans after talking a man out of jumping off a bridge in Darling Harbour, Sydney, media reports said on Wednesday.

Wicketkeeper Prior was with fast bowler Broad and England security officer Terry Minish when they spotted the unnamed man, who was thought to be English, about to jump. "We just did what anyone would do in that situation," Prior was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph. "It all happened very quickly and we acted on impulse," said Prior, who was dropped after the third Test of England's 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia.

Broad and Prior had been at a fund-raising event organised by the Barmy Army (England's fan club) before spotting the man, said Minish. They talked to him for almost an hour before police arrived.

"We were trying to help a bloke who was struggling and in a bad way. I'm just glad we left the bar when we did and we were there for him," he said.

Broad said on Twitter: "I'm very proud of him (Prior). It was a tough situation but so glad he was there."

NO RIFT: FLOWER

England coach Andy Flower and senior batsman Kevin Pietersen moved quickly on Wednesday to dampen media speculation of a rift in the dressing room in the wake of the 5-0 Ashes humiliation in Australia.

British media reports on Wednesday said the coach had told the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that he would quit if the flamboyant Pietersen continued to be a part of the team during the rebuilding process. "Following speculation in the media today, I feel it necessary to reiterate much of what I said in my recent press conference," the 45-year-old Flower said in an ECB statement.

"It would be sensible and responsible to review the tour in a calm and logical manner before assessing our options for the future and planning ahead. I repeat that neither I nor the wider ECB leadership group have made any decisions as to the future involvement of any individuals in the playing group or in the support staff. The reports that I have issued an ultimatum of some description to the ECB are totally inaccurate."

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