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Hayden credits IPL for easing tensions

Australia opener Matthew Hayden believes the India Premier League (IPL) has helped ease simmering tensions between the Australian and Indian cricket teams.

Recent international series between the two countries have been marred by a number of unsavoury on-field incidents involving top players from both sides.

But Hayden said the IPL, in which cricketers from various countries line up alongside each other in a Twenty20 format, had brought players closer together.

"It's been an incredible experience," Hayden told reporters. "It's been one that's broken down the cultural barriers that perhaps existed through the course of this summer but also more than anything it's been a hell of a lot of fun to play in."

Hayden was speaking in Brisbane, where the Australian team is taking part in a five-day training camp ahead of their tour of the West Indies starting later this month.

The 15-man Test squad leaves on Saturday, with the first of three Tests beginning in Kingston on May 22.

Hayden said he had to make "big adjustments" this week to be prepared for Test cricket.

"Don't be surprised if you see me trying to walk down the wicket and clip someone over the top in the first few overs," he joked.

source - reuters.com
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