Cricket great Hayden fractures spine in surf accident

Former Aussie test cricketer Matthew Hayden has injured himself surfing and is in hospital

Former Aussie test cricketer Matthew Hayden has injured himself surfing and is in hospital

Former Australia cricketer Matthew Hayden stated on Monday that he had "dodged a bullet" after suffering severe head and neck injuries as well as spine fractures, while surfing during a holiday in Queensland.

Matthew Hayden posted his injured picture on the social media platform Instagram while informing his followers about the incident.

In another post, Hayden thanked the local community for their support.

It's not the first time the former cricketer has run into difficulties in the waters around Stradbroke Island.

Hayden took to Instagram on Sunday, showing him sporting a neck brace and two ugly abrasions on his forehead, which he says he suffered in a surfing accident.

"Just wanted to say a big thank you to all our mates on Straddie who have been so supportive", Hayden said in his post.

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The burly Hayden retired in 2009 as one of cricket's leading opening batsmen, scoring 8625 runs with 30 centuries from 103 Tests at an average of 50.73.

'Especially Ben & Sue Kelley for the fast diagnosis with MRI, CT scan. "On the road to recovery". I was speared into the top of the sandbank onto the top of my head.

"Fractured C6, torn C5, C4 ligaments safe to say I truly have dodged a bullet", he wrote referring to injuries to his cervical vertebrae.

"I heard this god almighty click in my neck".

Hayden, fellow cricketer Andrew Symonds and a friend, swam about a kilometre to safety battling strong conditions and exhaustion.

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