Australia opener Marcus Harris looked set to get his maiden Test hundred in the ongoing match against India but a loose shot right after the lunch break saw him getting out which triggered a collapse in the batting order. Speaking of the same, the opening batsman admitted that he has played a pretty poor stroke.

Harris played brilliantly in the first session of the Day 3 to see Indians chasing the leather more often than not. But, unfortunately, he failed to repeat the same in the second session, as he was cleaned up by Ravindra Jadeja.

Not being able to convert starts have hurt us – Marcus Harris

Australia opener Marcus Harris on Saturday regretted dropping out on a hundred and said batsmen inefficient to convert Starts have left his team with a cliff to climb in the fourth Test against India at Sydney.

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Marcus Harris scored his second fifty. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

However, Harris expressed confidence that the lower order batsmen can prolong the first innings, but added that the Australian batsmen have to start converting their starts. Perhaps, he wants to save the Test match at any cost.

”I got out playing a pretty half-arsed (sic) shot and more disappointed in myself than anything. I think it is always a goal against the spinners is to be aggressive early and once you’re able to get those sweepers out, it is to be able to hit them hard and just not milk them as much as you can,” said Harris

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Marcus Harris. Credit: Getty Images

“It’s not as easy when you get to that point in an innings so you want to really build on it. When you chop on for 70 odd that’s what’s really disappointing. I felt like my game I had a really good plan today and I played to it pretty well. Disappointing not to get 100 but it was good to spend some time in the middle and at least get a decent score,” he said.

However, it seems like Marcus Harris is pretty determined to save the Test match at Sydney. With rain in the forecast, Australian batsmen can push themselves to draw the game with 14 wickets still left in the kitty.