Australia opener Marcus Harris, who made his debut in the first Test against India at Adelaide, said that he wasn't uncomfortable playing against the Indian bowling attack but that the margin for error when facing them was very low.
Harris, who made 26 in both innings of the match that Australia would go on to lose by 31 runs, said that batsmen have to be “switched on from ball one” against India’s bowlers.
“I didn’t feel out of my depth at all. But I realised pretty quickly they don’t bowl any crap and they don’t miss any chances that you give them so you’ve got to be switched on from ball one,” Harris told reporters at the sidelines of an open training session at the WACA in Perth.
Harris was also unhappy about his dismissal by Mohammad Shami in the second innings, when he slashed at a wide ball from the pacer and edged it to Rishabh Pant.
“You could probably tell by my reaction that teams have tended to do that to me a little bit in Shield cricket... I felt like I got sucked in a little bit.”
Harris faced Mitchell Starc during training at the WACA and has backed the under-fire left-arm pacer to come good in the second Test, dismissing the idea of him being out of form.
"He bowled pretty well. There was obviously a bit of talk about him after the game (at Adelaide), but I thought he bowled pretty well during the game.
"He felt like he was in good rhythm out there before so I'm sure he's ready and raring to go before Friday."
Harris, who hails from Western Australia and has always dreamed of playing Test cricket at the WACA, also said that he would have preferred if the second Test was at the iconic stadium but was looking forward to playing at the Optus Stadium.
“It would have been great to have played at the WACA, where it has always been, but to get the opportunity to play at the new stadium will be pretty special.”
“I know most of my family were in Adelaide but I think all of them will be here. To play in front of a home crowd will be pretty special.”
“I remember coming to Test matches here all the time... they’re great memories. Hopefully I can create some memories for young kids coming to games at the new stadium.”
The second Test between India and Australia gets underway at Perth on Friday (December 14).