Ex-Aussie opener Hayden fractures neck in surfing accident

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Former Australian global cricketer Matthew Hayden has said he "truly dodged a bullet" after suffering neck injuries while surfing in Queensland.

Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes, meanwhile, commented on Hayden's Instagram post, comparing the abrasions on his forehead to the Tamil Nadu coast. He fractured his C6 while the C4 and C5 ligaments were torn.

'Especially Ben & Sue Kelley for the fast diagnosis with MRI, CT scan.

As revealed by the former cricketer on Instagram, the accident took place at Straddle Back Bank during a surfing incident with his son, Josh Hayden. "Game over for a few days".

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He said he had "dodged a bullet" and was on the road to recovery. I was speared into the top of the sandbank onto the top of my head.

Former South African player Jonty Rhodes it seems has seen the amusing side in this incident and posted a comment on Hayden's picture, comparing his injuries to the map of Tamil Nadu. In 1999 Hayden, team-mate Andrew Symonds, and a friend were forced to swim about a kilometre to safety after their boat capsized and sank.

Hayden played 103 Tests, 161 One-Day Internationals and nine Twenty20 Internationals before retiring from worldwide cricket in 2009.

He finished his career as one of Australia's best test openers, with 30 centuries and a batting average of more than 50.

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