Mathew Hayden has taken up surfing the waves as a passion and hobby post retirement from international cricket. But that hobby has turned out to be disastrous for the former left-handed batsman as he suffered multiple fractures on his spine in a mishap recently.
In pic: Mathew Hayden captioned this picture, "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"
Speaking about the surfing accident, Mathew Hayden wrote a heartfelt message to his fans and followers on Instagram. He wrote, "It’s always amazes me how your perspective of life changes over time. None more so then today. 15 years ago I was celebrating being the leading run scorer in Test Match Cricket History. Today I was filling out medical forms required for an additional CT scan of my cranium. Contrasting situations or what??? Funny thing is, whilst today was slightly more melancholic the celebration was arguably more significant. Today also had similarities to all those years ago. My wife Kellie was right by my side, my dearest friends and fans all over the world rooting for me including @bcl375400 (Thanks for your message buddy) and the burning fight to relish the rest of my life. Thank you everyone for your love and support. “The pain you feel today, will be the strength you feel tomorrow”
In pic: Mathew Hayden with a couple of his friends, during one of his surf-boarding seesions. He wrote, "I’d rather be surfing with these two!!"
In another picture that Mathew Hayden posted recently, he spoke about his injury while surfing and said it was game over for him for a few days. He captioned, "Took on Straddie back bank yesterday with @josh_hayden28 and lost!!! Game over for a few days"
Mathew Hayden broke Brian Lara's record of 375 and set the record for the highest Test score by a batsman, scoring 380 on October 10, 2003. The record was later broken back by Brian Lara who scored 400 runs in an innings. Lara's record holds till date.
In pic: Mathew Hayden posted this picture captioned, "Ripping waves and day!!!"
Mathew Hayden has been spending time away from the limelight on the beaches of Australia with his wife Kellie, daughter Grace and his kids, after retiring from the sport. He often posts about his outings on the beaches and his surf-boarding sessions on Instagram.
In pic: Mathew Hayden posted this picture with his daughter captioned, "This food and experience @finolhu_maldives was just too good to be true. Check out this Soft Shell Crab Taco from the Crab Shack #dreambolddreambig"
Mathew Hayden posted this picture of his wife with his kids on Mother's Day. He wrote, "To my amazing wife Kellie you are the most incredible person I know, the rock of all our crazy lives and the greatest Mum ever. Happy Mother’s Day"
Mathew Hayden celebrating Christmas with his wife and daughter. He wrote, "Merry Christmas managed to get both my girls in a photo it's a gift to share this day with the people we love!"
Mathew Hayden posted this family pictureon his dad's 80th birthday. He captioned, "Happy 80th Birthday Dad, What a great man!!!"
Mathew Hayden posted this picture of himself with his wife and daughter. He captioned, "My Girls! never want to leave this island team Hayden @fallenbrokenstreet"
Mathew Hayden looks to be cooking it up on a summer afternoon with a friend. He captioned, "Fresh Fettuccini tonight fun afternoon with GracieÂÂ #summerfun #livingthedream"
Mathew Hayden and his family all dressed up at an awards ceremony. Mathew Hayden wrote, "Very honoured to be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame last night and blessed to have my family there to share it with me. @aca_players @cricketcomau Our boys won the show in their @scotch_official suits"
Mathew Hayden posted this picture with his wife Kellie on his 21st wedding anniversary, He wrote, "How easy has it been to love this amazing lady.....Happy 21st Anniversary Kellie Hayden"
Mathew Hayden with his family on a picnic at a zoo, he wrote, "The kids were very excited at seeing rare and endangered animals at Alice Springs Desert Park, including echidnas, bilbies and dingoes. As Kellie said: “It takes your breath away”. #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #AliceSprings @Australia @AusOutbackNT @alicespringsdesertpark"
Mathew Hayden posted this picture of a few friends and family chilling out on a lazy Sunday morning. He wrote, "Perfect way to spend a Sunday morning with the newly weds.. Forever Friends"
Mathew Hayden shared this picture of a night-out with his family in Sydney. He captioned, "Perfect Night with my family in beautiful Sydney"
Mathew Hayden posted this picture with Brett Lee on the occasion of Holi. He captioned, "Happy Holi have a day full of fun and a year full of purpose and joy"
Mathew Hayden suffered fractures in his spine after a major accident while surfing the big waves in Australia recently. As he begins his journey to recovery, we profile the life of the champion cricketer, post his retirement from cricket, with his family and kids. (All pictures courtesy/Mathew Hayden Instagram)
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