Not being able to convert starts have hurt us: Oz opener Harris

Sydney: Australia opener Marcus Harris on Saturday rued missing out on a hundred and said batsmen unable to convert starts have left his team with a mountain to climb in the fourth Test against India. Harris (79) scored his second Test half-century in the morning session, but was out within three overs on resumption, playing on to his stumps off Ravindra Jadeja.

“I got out playing a pretty half-arsed (sic) shot. I am more disappointed in myself than anything. I think it is always a goal against the spinners is to be aggressive early and once you’re able to get those sweepers out, it is to be able to hit them hard and just not milk them as much as you can,” said Harris.

“It’s not as easy when you get to that point in an innings so you want to really build on it. When you chop on for 70 odd that’s what’s really disappointing. I felt like my game I had a really good plan today and I played to it pretty well. Disappointing not to get 100 but it was good to spend some time in the middle and at least get a decent score,” he said.
With the pitch starting to take turn, Australia lost 5-70 in the last two sessions.

Harris though expressed confidence that the lower order can prolong the first innings, but added that the Australian batsmen have to start converting their starts. “We haven’t had a meeting yet but I got a start, a few of us got a start but none of us went on for a big score. So it’s pretty simple to work out what went wrong.”

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