Marcus Harris claims Australia’s top-order points that plagued them within the Ashes two years in the past will not show as problematic on the bouncier wickets at residence this summer season.
Australia’s openers endured a horror final Ashes marketing campaign, as England’s quicks got here across the wicket and swung the ball away from the left-handed batters.
The typical opening partnership for the Aussies was simply 8.5 in England, with David Warner’s return of 95 runs at 9.5 was the worst by an opener in a five-Take a look at sequence.
Fellow left-handed batter Harris did not fare a lot better with simply 58 runs at 9.66, whereas Usman Khawaja managed 122 runs at 20.33
However on residence turf towards the Kookaburra balls, Harris insists it may be a distinct story for Australia.
Knowledge reveals that Australia’s left-handed top-order batters have averaged 53.33 in residence Ashes sequence up to now 10 years.
That quantity drops to an unwelcome 29.52 in England.
Likewise, the common of England’s right-arm quicks balloons from 28.85 on their very own wickets to 38.56 in Australia – the place they haven’t received a Take a look at since December 2010.
“In England, the length that they can go is a bit different to in Australia,” Harris mentioned.
“They can probably go a little bit shorter, and still hit the top of the stumps in England, which brings in lbw and bowled into play.
“That is what the problem was over there, and the Dukes ball that summer season was shifting round so much.
“They’re going to have the ball a different length in Australia and the wickets are probably more batter-friendly in Australia.
“So it may well typically be a bit higher to line them up, particularly for the left-hander across the wicket.”
Harris, who will be given time at the top of the order with Will Pucovski unavailable, said he is a better batter now than in 2019.
He has put a focus on nullifying his issues against the right-arm bowlers coming around the wicket, and hit three centuries in his eight County games for Leicestershire during the English summer.
Crucially too, Harris has been more patient with balls outside off stump.
Six of his first nine dismissals in Test cricket were playing at balls away from his body, earning the ire of Matthew Hayden at the time for playing too square.
“I used to wrestle so much getting by the 20s,” Harris mentioned.
“And I feel my preliminary thought of making an attempt to get by the 20s was to sprint as shortly as I may.
“But as I’ve got a bit older and more experienced I just let the game and bowlers come to me a little bit more.
“That in all probability comes again to only having a starvation for making a whole lot of runs and making large runs … and never being happy with making 50 or 100.”