Stuart Broad and Matt Prior (Reuters)
Matt Prior and Stuart Broad rescued a man from jumping off a Sydney bridge Reuters

England cricketers Matt Prior and Stuart Broad helped save the life of a British man preparing to commit suicide by jumping from a Sydney bridge.

Returning from a evening charity function the duo pulled the man down from the end of a bridge in Darling Harbour.

Prior and Broad then spoke with the man from Cheltenham for an hour before New South Wales police arrived.

"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," he told the Daily Telegraph.

The England pair were on their way back from a Barmy Army charity bash alongside England security officer Terry Minish.

"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."

The pair were part of the England team which lost 5-0 to Australia in the Ashes series and while Prior will return home, Broad will captain the country in three Twenty20 internationals.