Knowing he was locked up as David Warner’s partner for the Ashes’ start reassured the Australian opener
“I probably spoke to Bails [George Bailey] about a week before we left for Sydney for Shield’s opener, âsaid Harris. âWe just had a great conversation. It was just good to have clear communication with a manager about what I was doing and what they were thinking for me.
âIt’s good for your confidence as a player to know where you are at and having the support of the people is really good. It reassures you a bit, your mind can obviously run into going into a big series on the Ashes with the amount of attention given to it, so not having to worry about it for probably a month before the first game was pretty good. “
âDavid brings a lot of energy to the crisis and to the partnership,â said Harris. âObviously for a long time he dominated world cricket. So he takes a lot of pressure off, you don’t feel any pressure to score. I know we had a tough streak in England but in the second set against l ‘India we put 80 or 90.
âAnytime you can play with another player who takes a lot of pressure off you, it makes your job a little easier. Hopefully we can forge something pretty good – we’ll get through this summer first – but during the next period. “
Harris feels better equipped for his last run in the Test team after the series challenges in England two years ago where he replaced Cameron Bancroft after two Tests. Whether the English rapids can pose the same challenge in Australian conditions as at home remains to be seen, but Harris is confident he can respond.
âIt’s a ploy a lot of teams have used against me now to get around the wicket,â he said. âI feel like I’ve worked really hard on the technical side of my game and tactically to try and fight this. The proof will be in the pudding on December 8th, but I feel like ‘working really hard to make it go well. “
âMy original idea of ââtrying to get through the 20s was to go for it as fast as possible, but being a little older and more experienced, I just let the game come to me a bit more and let the bowlers come. to me a little more.
âIt probably comes down to wanting to do a lot of races, to do big races and to have patience. In Shield’s first game, I think I faced 360 balls, so it’s not just about do 50 or 100. out of season I had some really good heats where I made big hundreds and over the last couple of years I have done some 200s. It comes down to having a little personal motivation. and wanting to really do well and lead in front of your team. “
Andrew McGlashan is Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo