Test debutant Marcus Harris impresses Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden during brief 26
Marcus Harris got 26 in his first Test innings at Adelaide Oval. @AFP

Resembling on several counts the man who he has replaced as Australia‘s latest Test opener, David Warner, the debutant Marcus Harris made just 26 in his first innings at international level but it had two prominent former international cricketers heaping praise on him.

Harris, 26, opened the innings on early on day two of the first Test against India 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:

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.