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Marcus Harris (AFP Photo)

Marcus Harris will soon have a third opening partner in only his fifth Test but he’s unfazed and is mentally prepared to do the job that seems be his own for the time being.

His Test career has been off to an impressive if not an exceptional start. He made his debut in the home series against India which Australia lost 1-2. Opening the innings, Harris scored 258 runs at 36.85 that included two half-centuries. While he was digging in, there was a change in his opening partner during the four-Test rubber.

In the first three Tests, he opened with Victorian teammate Aaron Finch who was then dropped for the series finale in Sydney. Usman Khawaja was promoted a place to partner him at the top. The two struck a decent partnership in their maiden foray together, adding 72 runs in the first innings.

That pair was a temporary arrangement as Harris is expected to have a new partner in either Joe Burns or Matt Renshaw for the upcoming Tests against Sri Lanka.

“It can be tough but, then again, it doesn’t really matter too much,” Harris told Canberratimes.com.au of the frequent changes at the top order. “It doesn’t bother me. You obviously, it’s a partnership, you want to try and get the team off to as good a start as you can.”

He continued, “Me and ‘Uzzie’, we had a good partnership in Sydney but, by the look of the squad we have picked, I assume we will have a different opening pair again. You have got to adapt to it. A lot of guys play in a lot of different teams now so you are used to batting with different people a fair bit, so it’s not a real big matter going forward.”

Harris has his eyes set on doing the job for his team and not who he next opens with. “Anytime you are in a team, if you do your job, it makes everything for the team easier. So, it doesn’t matter who I am opening with. If we do our jobs, it will play a part in us winning a Test match,” he said.

Harris, who is currently participating in the ongoing Australian Big Bash League will have to switch back to Test mode once the Sri Lanka series starts.

The 26-year-Harris represents Melbourne Renegades and has scored 28 and 2 in two BBL innings so far. He admits the task is a bit difficult but having a positive mindset is the key.

“It’s a bit different. Obviously, I have been looking to play the ball late and leave the ball a little bit then all of a sudden I am trying to smack it out of the park,” he said.

“It’s good. In Twenty20 cricket you have freedom to go out and play a few shots. It’s been good having three [BBL] games in a week. So, I was just starting to get into it now and then, like I said, I leave for Brisbane on Saturday. It’s not as easy as it looks. I know some guys it’s quite easy for them to change it over but sometimes it can be tough from trying to play the ball late then smacking it over the top two days later from playing a Test match. So, it takes a little bit of a change. As long as you look positive, it sorts itself out anyway.”