[caption id="attachment_753281" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Matthew-Hayden.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-753281" alt="Matthew Hayden" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Matthew-Hayden.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Matthew Hayden[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Australia batting great Matthew Hayden has been hospitalised after suffering head and spinal injuries while surfing with his son in Queensland. <p></p> <p></p>The 46-year-old admitted to have 'dodged a bullet' as he posted a photo on his Instagram with him in neck brace, writing he suffered a verterbrate fracture and torn ligaments while surfing with his son Josh on Friday at Stradbroke Island. <p></p> <p></p>The former Australia Test opener posted a pair of photos on Instagram revealing the injuries. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Hayden-2.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-753290" alt="Matthew Hayden Injury" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Hayden-2.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> <p></p> <p></p>"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," Hayden wrote on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>Hayden, who played 103 Tests, 161 ODIs and 9 T20Is during his 15-year international career, revealed he had undergone MRI and CT scans and that he's recovering well thanking everyone for their support. <p></p> <p></p>"Especially Ben &amp; 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," he wrote. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Hayden-1.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-753288" alt="Matthew Hayden injury" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Hayden-1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> <p></p> <p></p>This isn't the first time that Hayden has had a near-fatal accident. In 1999, along with Australia teammate Andrew Symonds, the duo had to swim for their lives during a fishing sojourn when their boat capsized in Moreton Bay. <p></p> <p></p>"It was an hour into the session and we had had half dozen waves together and I got this one right-handed wave which I sort of ducked under and that is pretty much all I can remember," Hayden told Courier Mail. "I wasn't knocked out. I was speared into the top of the sandbank onto the top of my head. Then it twisted my head with my own weight and the weight of the wave. I heard this god almighty click in my neck. I did not get knocked out but I sort of came to and rolled up on my back."