Have to be switched on from ball one against India’s bowlers: Marcus Harris

first_imgAustralia opener Marcus Harris insisted the need for Australia batsmen to remain switched on from the word go to tackle the pace threat from India bowlers in the second Test, starting December 14 in Perth.Harris was dismissed on 26 in both the innings of his maiden Test in Adelaide. He was outwitted by R Ashwin in the first and Mohammed Shami in the second innings as Australia fell to a 31-run defeat, thereby conceding India a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.The 26-year-old also added he had been working out ways to deal with the highly-rated Indian attack in the lead up to the much-talked-about Perth Test.”You always doubt yourself as a person, you’re not sure if you’re going to fit in Test cricket. So, it was good to spend time in the middle in both innings. I didn’t feel out of my depth at all,” Harris said on Wednesday.”But I realised pretty quickly they don’t bowl any crap and they don’t miss any chances that you give them. So you’ve got to be switched on from ball one.”I felt like my game stood up to it, it’s probably just a decision-making thing and being able to occupy the crease for long periods of time, but I didn’t feel like I was out of my depth at all,” he added.”I worked hard in between the first and second innings on some plans against R Ashwin and now I’m just working on guys coming around the wicket and stuff like that to work on plans India will use against me,” he said.advertisement”It has given me great confidence to be able to bat a decent period of time and occupy the crease for a bit.”Australia will take confidence from the valiant effort in Adelaide: HarrisAustralia lost the first Test narrowly by 31 runs and Harris said the hosts will take confidence from the close finish and the onus will be on the top-order to take responsibility from the batting exploits of their tail-enders.”I think we took some good confidence from the fight we showed, it got down to 30 runs. I know when I looked at it as a batter I thought ‘I wish I could’ve got 60 or 70’. So we got pretty close and hopefully we could take some momentum into the game on Friday,” he said.”I think the wicket will suit us a little bit more with the conditions, that’s taking nothing away from India, but I just think a little bit of momentum.”We would’ve loved to win the game, but the boys bowled really well and they also batted really well. It’s probably on us batters to take a bit of the weight from them.”Like India, Australia too trained at the WACA ground on Wednesday, and their three pacers, as well as Nathan Lyon, enjoyed a day off.Harris also backed Mitchell Starc, saying he was sharp enough in Adelaide and all geared to play this second Test as well.”Yeah quick, he bowled pretty well. There was obviously a bit of talk about him after the game but I thought he bowled pretty well during the game and he’s felt like he was in good rhythm out there before. I’m sure he’s ready and raring to go for Friday,” he said.It will be a homecoming for Harris with the new Perth stadium set to host its first-ever Test.The opener wished this Test was at the old WACA ground, but at the same time looked forward to playing at the Optus Stadium.”I remember coming here (WACA) to watch India here a few years ago, and it might have been Shane Watson getting 50, I remember how loud the crowd was and just the feeling imagining if you were that bloke. So, it is good to be the person on the field now.”…there have always been great memories for me coming to Tests in Perth and hopefully I can create some memories for young kids coming to games at the new stadium.”It’s pretty special to play in a Perth Test. It would have been great to play at the WACA where it has always been but to get the opportunity to play at the new stadium will be pretty special in the first Test here.”(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Mohinder Amarnath says advantage India in tight Test series vs AustraliaAlso Read | India a formidable opposition in tough conditions. Australia beware in Perth!Also See:advertisementlast_img

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