WACA boss: Pitch will be fine for Ashes

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Christina Matthews, chief executive of the WACA ground in Perth, says the firing of head curator Cam Sutherland this week will not affect the preparations for the Ashes Test to take place there in December.

Christina Matthews, chief executive of the WACA ground in Perth, says the firing of head curator Cam Sutherland this week will not affect the preparations for the Ashes Test to take place there in December.

Sutherland was sacked for reason not pertaining to his job, according to Matthews, who said: "I can confirm that we have parted ways, but given that it is a confidential staff matter I cannot discuss it any further. It was over a serious breach of policy."

The third Ashes Test takes place at the WACA from 13 to 17 December, and Matthews made it a point to say that the venue was in no danger of being under prepared.

Matthew said: "We are not worried about the pitch preparation. It is more the broader turf management that is an issue. It is not a concern in the short term, but we need to sort it out in the longer term."

Meanwhile, Sutherland's lawyer Brendan Taylor said they would be appealing the sacking, saying: "There is no substance to the allegations made against Cam. This is a bewildering decision."

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