Harris, 26, opened the innings on early on day two of the first Test against at Adelaide Oval and looked on as Aaron Finch was bowled third ball by Ishant Sharma.
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The left-handed batsman got off the mark first ball in Tests with a clip off the pads for three and then picked up a streaky four wide of gully, but increased in fluency as his innings continued. Fourth ball from R Ashwin, Harris advanced and chipped him over mid-off for three. Harris kept stepping out, not always timing his shots. One more swish through mid-off was followed by an authoritative thump over the bowler s head for four. Then he unfurled a pretty drive along the carpet through the covers for another boundary.
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Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, on air for Channel 7, said of the debutant: "Harris is a bit softer, playing it nice and late under his eyes.
Ponting's former team-mate turned TV pundit Matthew Hayden tweeted while watching Harris bat:.
Feel like we are watching @cricketcomau new opening batting partnership in @MarcusHarris14@Uz_Khawaja.Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) December 7, 2018
As it turned out, Ashwin got his man with a good piece of bowling. Flight, loop and turn had Harris pressing forward, the edge was taken and Murali Vijay did the rest at silly mid-off. Harris put on 45 with Usman Khawaja before Australia went into lunch on 57/2 in reply to India's 250.