Ross was given out for obstructing the field in contentious circumstances in the 17th over of the Heat’s 3-run loss to the Hurricanes. At the time of the dismissal the game was in a precarious position, with the home team 5-132 and in pursuit of 177 for victory.
While attempting a second run, Ross was deemed to have deliberately changed his running line, therefore obstructing Hobart’s opportunity to affect a run-out, resulting in the third umpire giving him out on appeal from the Hurricanes.
Vettori told press today that while he believes the decision was harsh on his team, it is already out of mind as they prepare for a crucial road trip next week where they will play decisive games in Hobart and Sydney.
“There was a real belief within our group that Alex wasn’t out. The interpretation of the rules can be taken in a number of different ways, and the (third) umpire took it contrary to how most people saw it, including the on-field umpires.
“The on-field umpires gave a soft signal that it was not out. To overturn a not out decision there has to be conclusive evidence, and the fact that they looked at it for what seemed like an eternity meant that there must have been some doubt about it in all our minds.
“That’s the conclusion we came to. It was too hard a decision to overturn what the on-field umpires suggested out there.
“It put us in a difficult situation in the game, but I’m really proud of how we fought out. To see how well Jimmy Peirson and Mark Steketee played means there’s plenty of fight in the group even after something like that comes along.
“It’s something we move on from, which we can do quite quickly because we play so many games of cricket. If you don’t move on, then you get caught up in it and you’re not ready for the next one,” he said.
Speaking on Channel Ten after play last night, Heat captain Brendon McCullum said he believed his opposing skipper George Bailey should have withdrawn their appeal for the Ross dismissal, but Vettori was quick to squash any talk of animosity between the two camps ahead of Monday’s return game.
“Most of the Hobart guys were in the dressing room after the game. There’s a lot of Queensland boys in the Hobart Hurricanes team, and Gary (Kirsten) and I work together in the IPL, so there is a real camaraderie between the groups.
“It’s nice that Brendon and George were able to have that discussion in a pretty civilised manner, even with all the emotion of what was going on. Monday’s an important game for us. We have to win; they have to win. That’s where the intensity will come from.”
Meanwhile Ross has taken to twitter to reaffirm his view that he had not deliberately obstructed the field while attempting the second run.
“You must always respect the umpires (sic) decision, but I wanted to clear the air and state my intentions in the run last night.
“I can unequivocally say I was trying to run away from the line of the ball to avoid being hit, as I felt I was going to make my ground.”
With Hobart grabbing the two points last night, the teams are locked on four wins a piece, with the Heat holding a superior run-rate, although having played an extra game, making Monday’s clash crucial for both club’s finals chances.