0 Maynard says Cardiff will be fine for Ashes

Glamorgan director of cricket Matthew Maynard insisted the county's Cardiff HQ would have no problems staging the first Ashes Test in July after a pitch there was labelled "poor".

An England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) pitch panel including Mike Denness, England's captain during their losing Ashes tour of Australia back in 1974/75, was convened to consider the pitch used for the Friends Provident Trophy one-day match at Cardiff on Tuesday, May 12 between Glamorgan and Essex.

They upeld the umpires' decision that the Sophia Gardens pitch had demonstrated excessive turn and should therefore be rated "poor" after the Welsh county were bowled out for 124 in a match where Essex and Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria took four wickets for 16 runs.

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