Obstruction debate heats up in Big Bash

D'Arcy Short

"Seriously! The bloke is trying to protect himself and get out the way of it, if the ball hadn't have hit him he would have made his ground!"

Chasing 180 for an unlikely victory, Heat batsman Ross was hit by a return throw while scampering for a second run, the ball deflecting off him into the stumps as he made his ground.

Queensland Cricket chief executive Max Walters has taken a shot at Cricket Australia (CA) for standing by the controversial call to give Alex Ross out for obstructing the field in Brisbane's Big Bash League loss to Hobart.

"I appealed for the run-out then when I saw on the replay Rossy changed his line we asked "has he changed his line, can you check for obstructing the field as well?"

The dismissal is the first of its kind in BBL history, but it did little to please Heat captain Brendon McCullum who post-match claimed it was the wrong decision.

"From our point of view I felt frustrated with that decision, " McCullum said.

Despite appearing to veer away to avoid getting hit instead of intentionally blocking the throw, Ross was still given out by the third umpire for obstructing the field.

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"I don't believe it was the right decision; we're not righteous on our stance on the spirit of the game but every now and then you get a chance to stand up for the spirit of the game and I think tonight George missed an opportunity", McCullum said. "To me it falls into the spirit of the game and I was making that point to George ... but he is quite entitled to do it differently", he added.

The pair, who have both captained their country, were engaged in a long discussion following the game and were tense but civil exchanging their views in a combined television interview that followed.

These two sides meet again in the BBL in four days' time, which will hopefully provide more entertaining and record-breaking highlights.

Rules state a player can be given out for wilfully obstructing the fielding side by word or action.

Dan Christian held his nerve with the pressure on at the death, recovering after bowling a wide with the first ball a last over which cost only nine runs.

"I am learning for the rule as we speak, " Bailey said.


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