10 Groundsman handed Ashes mission

International Cricket Council chief pitch consultant Andy Atkinson has been brought in as acting head groundsman at Glamorgan ahead of the 2009 Ashes Test.

Long-serving Glamorgan head groundsman Len Smith took early retirement from Sophia Gardens earlier this month.

Atkinson will focus on regenerating the square and preparing the wicket for the first Test against Australia on 8 July.

"I am extremely confident that our preparation will be second to none," said Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell.

"Andy's appointment brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the club."

Essex-born Atkinson has been head groundsman at Newlands Test Stadium in South Africa and the Wanderers Test Stadium in Johannesburg.

He has worked at major grounds in the UK including Lord's, Edgbaston and the Oval.

In addition to his primary focus, Atkinson will also supervise the installation of the new outfield drainage system and a completely new and level outfield surface.

He will also be responsible for re-establishing the external practice nets, auditing equipment, and assisting in the appointment of a new permanent head groundsman.

The club aim to fill that position by February next year, Atkinson remaining as a consultant to the club until the completion of the Ashes Test.

Source :- BBC News

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