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We'll be ready for the Ashes.

GLAMORGAN director of cricket Matthew Maynard insists the county will provide a pitch fit for the Ashes despite seeing his side penalised for poor playing conditions at Cardiff last week.

An ECB pitch panel was convened after the umpires reported the surface used during the Friends Provident Trophy match between Glamorgan and Essex, a little over seven weeks before the first Test against Australia.

Maynard, whose team have been handed a two-point fine held over until the 2010 competition, said: "I've played on a lot of wickets worse than the one we used and they haven't been marked as poor.

"s It was a shame and we are going to wait now and decide whether we want to appeal the decision. All I can say is that I was very surprised to see a wicket like that marked as poor.

"The inspectors came when we played Lancashire and the pitch was marked as above average."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:May 20, 2009
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