But enough about Stokes, the pitch inspector at Taunton has deemed it below average
"I’ve marked the pitch below average for excessive spin on days one and two.
Days one and two it [the bounce] was fine, the odd one from the spinners on day three might have kept a bit low, but at no stage was there any thought of any unevenness.
The criteria says it’s not how it looks, it’s how it plays.
In my opinion and other people I’ve asked for their opinion, we’ve come to the same conclusion that it’s excessive turn.
There’s going to be an investigation tomorrow.
Phil Whitticase, another CLO comes in, he’ll conduct an investigation and he will go through my findings and speak to both umpires, both captains and the groundstaff.
He could downgrade it, he could upgrade it, that’s entirely up to him. He looks at the evidence and he makes his own call."
This completely stinks. Somerset batted twice on it without problem. Just because Middlesex were bobbins. I don’t know whether it being marked below average is enough for a points deduction, but if it is, then the ECB can completely do one.