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

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

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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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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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