FORMER England cricket star Phil Tufnell became so depressed he had to be talked out of jumping from a 150ft-high hotel balcony.
Roommate Robin Smith, 55, makes the revelation in his autobiography The Judge: More Than Just A Game.
He says Tufnell, then aged 26, thought about ending his life during the 1993 tour of India.
The spinner had fallen out of favour for the first Test and was having problems with his ex-wife.
In a warm-up game Tufnell bowled 11 no balls, rowed with an umpire and was fined.
After the match, he told Smith, nicknamed Judge: “I’ve had enough.”
Later batsman Smith sat next to him on the edge of their hotel balcony before calling in the tour’s spiritual adviser.
Smith writes: “Tuffers was sitting on the edge of the balcony. I was instantly terrified so I sat next to him. He said: ‘It’s too much, and today has topped it off. Judgie, I’ve had enough’.
“While keeping my eyes on him I swung my feet back into the room and called the Reverend Andrew Wingfield-Digby.
“After two horrible hours in which I feared my mate might take his own life, Tuffers came back in. I honestly think Wingers saved his life that night.”
Tufnell’s manager Mike Martin said it was “a personal story” he regretted had been made public.
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