Victoria's ravenous run-scorer Chris Rogers struck another century as South Australia defended the omission of their two latest internationals for the current Sheffield Shield match.
Rogers struck a tenacious ton as the Bushrangers posted 6-314 on Thursday's opening day at Adelaide Oval.
Rogers' 131 helped the Bushrangers cruise to 2-279 before losing 4-25 inside the final hour as swingman Chadd Sayers (4-48) inspired a late SA fightback.
The Redbacks were without Dan Christian and Kane Richardson - the last two SA products to play for Australia.
Richardson made his Australian one-day debut just 11 days ago when, after delivering six overs, he was banned from bowling for repeatedly running on the pitch.
Berry said the 21-year-old quick was not selected for SA amid fears he would similarly again be penalised, thereby costing the Redbacks a bowler.
"We didn't want to send the kid out, we knew that would be enormous pressure on him, so we made the decision that were going to do some remedial work," he said.
Christian couldn't regain his spot after being suspended for SA's most recent Shield game last November for repeatedly damaging dressing rooms when dismissed, Berry said.
"The facts were that we won the last game and unfortunately Dan wasn't in that side, that was his own doing," Berry said.
"The selection panel as a group decided, this game, they were going to reward the people that played in the last win.
"There is nothing more, nothing less, than that."
SA early could have used the skills of Richardson and Christian, instead being overly reliant on Sayers' impressive swing and the containment of Test spinner Nathan Lyon (0-77 from 24 overs).
The resolute Rogers underpinned Victoria's innings until dismissed by Sayers with the initial delivery of the second new ball - the first of four Victorian wickets in six overs.
The 35-year-old Rogers appears destined to never add to his one Test match, in 2008, despite his prolific run-scoring now reaping 57 first-class tons.
"If I was a bit younger I am pretty sure I would be pretty close (to Australian selection) but that is not the way it goes," Rogers said.
"The only thing I can do is keep scoring runs and who knows, it's a tough couple of (Australian) series coming up and a few batsmen - hopefully not - but they might find themselves under pressure and I might be there to back up."