Harris urges patience at MCG
Opener Marcus Harris has warned Australia to be patient building runs on the MCG pitch when they host India in the Boxing Day Test.
The Aussies host India in this year's traditional Melbourne showpiece but Harris is not expecting too much help from a pitch he knows well from his time playing for Victoria.
The 26-year-old says his fellow batsmen may need to dig in if they want to post a decent score.
He told ESPNCricinfo: "I saw this morning the wicket will probably be more similar to the South Australia game, where it had a bit more green grass on it, nipped around a bit but it was one of those wickets where if you play well you can make runs but if you bowl well you can take wickets.
"I think it’ll be the same old thing of patience, the MCG is never a really quick scoring ground anyway, so that’ll be the key, just realising things will take a while to evolve.
He added: " (I'm) not sure the wicket will break up too much, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
"Fortunately we’ve probably got the best bowling attack in the world so that looks after itself a little bit, but I think as batters a patience game will be the key and run rates won’t be as quick as what you’d like, but that’s the way it will be."
The four-Test series is finely poised at 1-1 with the final clash set for Sydney between January 3-7, following the MCG showdown.
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.