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England cricketers save a man from suicide attempt

They suffered a humiliating defeat in the Ashes, but yesterday England cricketers Matt Prior and Stuart Broad were heralded as heroes when they saved a suicidal British man from jumping off a bridge near their hotel in Australia, The Daily Telegraph reported.

England's Stuart Broad and Matt Prior helped save a suicidal man in Sydney, Australia. Credit: PA

Prior told the paper that he and the team’s security officer, Terry Minish, pulled the man away from the edge of Pyrmont Bridge in Darling Harbour and along with pace bowler Broad, spent an hour talking to him before police arrived.

“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.”

The man, who The Times reported is from Cheltenham, had thrown his telephone, passport and wallet into the water and apparently did not recognise the cricketers.

Following the incident Broad tweeted that he was "proud" of Prior's actions.

"@MattPrior13 is a best friend of mine and I'm very proud of him. It was a tough situation but so glad he was there."

If you are in distress and in need of some support, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day on 08457 90 90 90 or click here for their website.

For those in the Republic of Ireland, the number is: 1850 60 90 90.


Australia fans taunt Stuart Broad on boundary

Australian supporters hold a banner as England's Stuart Broad fields on the boundary at The Gabba in Brisbane. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Australia fans have taunted England's Stuart Broad in the first Ashes Test during his spells fielding on the boundary.

It follows on from controversy last summer involving Broad during an innings.

Earlier this week an Australian newspaper banned the name 'Stuart Broad' replacing it with 'Stuart Fraud'.

Fake Twitter account poked fun at Pietersen

Stuart Broad's denial of any involvement in setting up the fake Kevin Pietersen Twitter account, comes after Broad's friend Richard Bailey's claimed he set up the account.

England's Kevin Pietersen. Credit: PA

Mr Bailey says he opened the parody Twitter account - KP Genius - laughing at Pietersen's personality in the third person. The account was later shut down after the England batsman was unhappy that some of his teammates followed it.

Mr Bailey, who says he is from Nottingham and has the Twitter name @Bailsthebadger, has said sorry for any offence he has caused and has said no professional cricketers were party to his exploits.

ECB: 'Broad did not breach confidences of Pietersen'

Managing director of England Cricket Hugh Morris. Credit: PA

England Cricket Board Managing Director Hugh Morris said: "Having discussed this matter with Stuart, I am fully satisfied that he acted in a professional manner at all times and did not breach any confidences regarding fellow England player.

"ECB also accepts the apology Mr Bailey offered last night to the England team via his Twitter account and his reassurances that no professional cricketers were involved in the creation of this site."


Broad: 'I had no involvement in fake Twitter account'

The English Cricket Board has issued the following statement on behalf of Stuart Broad in relation to the setting up of a fake Twitter account for Kevin Pietersen by a member of the public:

Following last night's statement by Mr Richard Bailey that he was responsible for creating a fake Twitter account in Kevin Pietersen's name, I would like to confirm that I had no involvement in this whatsoever.

I met with the Managing Director - England Cricket, Hugh Morris this morning and assured him that I did not play any role in the creation of this account or provide Mr Bailey with any information regarding Kevin Pietersen or the England team.

As has been widely reported Mr Bailey is a friend of mine, but we had no conversations regarding this issue at all and I am pleased that he has now decided to close the fake account down.

– Stuart Broad
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