India vs Australia: Ashwin bowled really well, says Marcus Harris

Marcus Harris has made his debut for the Baggy Greens in the ongoing India vs Australia Test series. On the second day of the first Test in Adelaide, he made it clear that it was difficult to tackle Ravichandran Ashwin.

Indian players celebrate the dismissal of Marcus Harris in Adelaide on Friday.   -  AP

A debutant’s nerves were kept at bay as Marcus Harris coped with the scrutiny of spin in his maiden Test. The Australian opener may have scored a mere 26 but those runs were laced with confidence. He said that it was a hard day of cricket which placed the first Test evenly poised against India.  “They bowled really well. We stuck at it pretty well, it was a tough day, it wasn’t easy to score. I thought we fought really well, (Travis Head) Heady batted really well, Peter Handscomb looked really good and we are in a decent position,” Harris told reporters here on Friday.

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Queried on countering R. Ashwin, Harris said: “I have faced Nathan Lyon a lot and he is pretty good. I thought Ashwin bowled really well, mixed up his pace a lot, bowled a few different variations with side-spin and over-spin. There's probably going to be a little bit of turn for the third and fourth innings, so Nathan will come into it like he did in the first innings, but I thought Ashwin bowled really well. He was hard to score off and Virat (Kohli) set some really good fields. It wasn't easy but hopefully we can keep finding a way.”

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Harris termed the pitch as a tough one: “We haven't got millions of Test matches in our top six, so people have to be a little bit patient. We will work it out, but it's a tough wicket and they bowled well. Sometimes there's going to be days where you can't come out and blast them at three and four an over, just got to grind away. A good thing with this wicket is it gets better as this match goes on, that should hold us in good stead. We are still fighting, still in the contest.”