Australia cricket legend Matthew Hayden breaks NECK in horror surfing accident and lucky to be alive

AUSTRALIA cricket legend Matthew Hayden has revealed he is lucky to be alive after breaking his neck in a horror surfing accident.

The 46-year-old posted a photo of himself with shocking head injuries and wearing a neck brace.

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Ok. Last attention seeking post I promise. Just wanted to say a big thank you to all our mates on Straddie who have been so supportive.✅??‍♂️? Especially Ben & Sue Kelley for the fast diagnosis with MRI, CT scan. Fractured C6, torn C5,C4 ligaments safe to say I truly have dodged a bullet. Thank you everyone ❤️ On the road to recovery ??‍♂️?

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Took on Straddie back bank yesterday with @josh_hayden28 and lost!!! Game over for a few days??‍♂️☹️

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He wrote: "Ok. Last attention seeking post I promise.

"Just wanted to say a big thank you to all our mates on Straddie who have been so supportive.✅??‍♂️?

"Especially Ben & Sue Kelley for the fast diagnosis with MRI, CT scan. Fractured C6, torn C5,C4 ligaments safe to say I truly have dodged a bullet.

"Thank you everyone ❤️ On the road to recovery ??‍♂️?"

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Josh and I loving our new JS boards great day at Straddie surfing with family & friends #Buckitdream @baart @hulian @sebxbrixton @jsindustries1

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Ripping waves and day!!! ???‍♂️

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Early surf and afternoon fish and top it off win in the State of Origin #Queenslander

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Thanks @mfanno you’ve taught me everything I know? who knows, perhaps you can take up on a pro cricket career after retirement ? True Legend mate in and out of the water??? Congrats!

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 Matthew Hayden retired in 2009 after scoring 8,625 runs for Australia

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Matthew Hayden retired in 2009 after scoring 8,625 runs for Australia

Hayden, who retired in 2009 after scoring a sensational 8,625 runs for Australia, was surfing with his son Josh when he suffered his injuries.

On Saturday he posted a picture of his head injuries, captioned: "Took on Straddie back bank yesterday with @josh_hayden28 and lost!!!

"Game over for a few days."

Hayden held the world record score for a test innings with his knock of 380 against Zimbabwe in October 2003 before West Indies great Brian Lara surpassed it with 400 not out six months later.

He also formed a formidable opening partnership with current Australia coach Justin Langer, combining for 5655 test runs as an opening pair.

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AUSTRALIA cricket legend Matthew Hayden has revealed he is lucky to be alive after breaking his neck in a horror surfing accident.