Glamorgan sack curator for poor decks

County Cricket

County club Glamorgan have parted ways with head curator Keith Exton, after criticism of the pitch for the first Ashes Test two months ago, and then a recent match abandonment due to dangerous conditions.

The first Test pitch was roundly lambasted for being slow and uneven, and offering little help to the bowlers or the batsmen. Then, a county game against Hampshire had to be abandoned when the ball hit Jimmy Adams on the helmet from a good length.

The news comes just days before a double-header international fixture, which will see Australia and England's women and men's sides clash at the SWALEC stadium on Monday 31 August.

The club said in a statement: "The club would to thank Keith for his role in establishing the SSE SWALEC as a firm fixture in the international cricket calendar and particularly for his preparation of two Ashes Test pitches during his six-year tenure in Cardiff.

Chief executive Hugh Morris said: "On behalf of Glamorgan County Cricket Club I would like to thank Keith for the contribution he has made to the club and wish him well in his future endeavours."

Last season Glamorgan were also fined two points for a poor pitch.