X

Sunday 24
March

Cricket

Harris urges patience at MCG

23rd December 2018, 15:22 by Aidan Perkins

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.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

More Cricket

Cricket

Morkel expecting more from Surrey

23rd March 2019, 17:42

Surrey pace bowler Morne Morkel says his side can dominate the English game after he signed a new contract at The Oval.

Cricket

Malinga reveals retirement plans

23rd March 2019, 17:28

Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga has announced he plans to retire from international cricket after the T20 World Cup next year.

Cricket

Brathwaite expects Windies' World Cup challenge

23rd March 2019, 13:21

West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite feels they could ruffle a few feathers in the upcoming World Cup.

Cricket

Derbyshire newboy keen to improve game

22nd March 2019, 14:41

Mark Watt insists he is eager to learn from some talented coaches after penning a short-term contract with Derbyshire.

Cricket

Wood tipped for big summer

22nd March 2019, 12:13

Durham's Mark Wood has been tipped to shine for England at the World Cup by Devon Malcolm.

Cricket

Durham role for Bancroft

21st March 2019, 18:34

Durham have appointed Cameron Bancroft as their skipper for their County Championship and One-Day Cup campaigns.

Recent Sport Headlines

Liverpool

Reds duo winning fitness race

24th March 2019, 07:13

Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri should be fit and available when Liverpool return to action against Tottenham.

Chelsea

Chelsea miss out on Italian midfield ace

24th March 2019, 06:56

Chelsea failed with an attempt to land Cagliari midfield ace Nicolo Barella in the January transfer window.

Manchester United

United keen on Chelsea forward

24th March 2019, 05:32

Manchester United are reported to have joined the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer.

Arsenal

Arsenal ace hints at move

24th March 2019, 05:10

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has suggested he is looking to move on and take the 'next step' in his career.

Inter Milan

De Boer - Inter team had 'rotten group'

23rd March 2019, 20:04

Former Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer claims he inherited a 'rotten group' when he took charge of the club in 2016.

Bayern Munich

Bayern planning Jovic bid

23rd March 2019, 19:44

Bayern Munich are readying a bid for Benfica star Luka Jovic, according to reports in the Spanish media.

Real Madrid

Varane happy with life in Madrid

23rd March 2019, 19:38

Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane says he is happy in Spain despite speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United

Tennis

Evans no match for Shapovalov

23rd March 2019, 19:25

British number three Dan Evans has been knocked out of the Miami Open after losing to Denis Shapovalov.