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Children children - let's have some quiet time. Let's have some juice and a biscuit. Let's all sit down and be nice again. Or else you'll all be on the naughty step. And we don't want that do we?
Even MS Dhoni, newly appointed as sledging advisor to the England party, thinks the aggro may have gone a bit far. Why should he worry? It's been splendidly unproductive. Intimidatory tactics are after all only intimidatory when those being intimidated are intimidated. When they find it all risible, as MS Dhoni obviously does, then there is no point.
Intimidation only works if there is a bit of anxiety in the batsman about what might actually come next - when Curtly Ambrose gave the stare, there was genuine cause for anxiety that the next ball would be life threatening - and there were no verbals (not that FB speaks from experience on this point he is glad to say). But Dernbach? Bresnan? They don't quite do it. Petulance can never be menace. So give it up and just put the ball in the right place.
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