Opener suffers further misfortune October 22, 2006

Hayden attacked by dog

Cricinfo staff

It's not been a great week for Matthew Hayden © Getty Images

Matthew Hayden, who broke his finger last week, suffered further, if bizarre, misfortune when he was attacked by a dog while out jogging.

As a result he now has a gashed ankle though tests have revealed no tendon or ligament damage. Hayden said the wound, about five centimetres long, would remain open for several days to minimise the risk of infection before being stitched.

"It was a vicious attack," Hayden told Brisbane's Sunday Mail newspaper. "I was was out for a leisurely run. You are always a bit shocked by that sort of thing but I was more disappointed than anything. It just hasn't been my week."

Hayden was already out of cricket for a couple of weeks after breaking a finger taking a catch in last weekend's Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Brisbane.

"The hand injury would have kept me out for longer than this one (gashed ankle) anyway," said Hayden, who added there was no doubt surrounding his fitness for the first Test against England at the Gabba on November 23.