That's pretty much exactly the point Will was making. Those who incite a certain reaction in the batsman - whether it be intimidation or contempt or whatever - have done so because of something off their own back. So thus, they deserve credit for it when it benefits them.
Equally, batsmen who are able to be strong-willed enough to play the ball and not the man tend to come rather closer to competing on terms.
RIP Fardin Qayyumi (AKA "cricket player"; "Bob"), 1/11/1990-15/4/2006