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If Berry was to use this as justification for his Henny Penny-ism, it'd be disingenuous in the extreme considering both blokes play for the same national team. In fact, far from his conclusion that international rivalries are getting closer to violence on-field, the only incidents we've seen have been between team-mates! The IPL, I believe, will do much to ensure at least the current crop of players calm things down a bit.Anyone remember what Scyld Berry said in his Editor's comments for this year's Wisden? He wrote:
"I fear the day is approaching when a high-profile, televised cricket match will see an outbreak of physical violence on the field, and nothing could be more injurious to all concerned"
Prescient, indeed, but I doubt even he thought it would come quite so soon.
A lot of misunderstandings on-field occur through lack of knowledge about opposition players and I would think, having spent a month playing with blokes from other countries, much of that lack of understanding will be nullified. Matt Hayden in particular, I would think, will walk away from this with a bit more respect because he definitely comes across as one of those guys who is great to have on your team but a total knob to play against.