Ex-cricketer Hayden hurt in Straddie surf incident

Matthew Hayden admits he's lucky to have survived after suffering spinal injuries while surfing.
Matthew Hayden admits he's lucky to have survived after suffering spinal injuries while surfing.

FORMER Australian Test opener Matthew Hayden admits he's lucky to have survived after suffering head and spinal injuries while surfing on a family holiday in Queensland.

The 46-year-old was surfing with his son Josh off Stradbroke Island on Friday before being hurt in an apparent spill and taken to hospital for scans.

Hayden was left with a fractured C6 and torn C5, C4 ligaments in his neck as well as a bloodied forehead.

"Last attention seeking post, I promise," he wrote in a post online on Sunday night.

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

"Safe to say I truly have dodged a bullet. On the road to recovery."

Australian Associated Press