Marcus Harris is backing Mitchell Starc to fire on all cylinders when Australia attempt to level the Test series against India in Perth.

Test debutant Marcus Harris has asked for patience with an inexperienced Australia batting line-up after they endured a difficult second day against India.

The hosts had largely bowled well in the first Test to limit India to 250 all out, but Harris and Co could not then capitalise with the bat as they reached the end of play on Friday on 191-7.

Although some of the more seasoned stars in the Australia side also underwhelmed, including captain Tim Paine, Harris wants critics to understand that it will take time before they find their feet.

Harris fared better than many with a respectable 26 after opening partner Aaron Finch, playing his third Test, went for a duck.

"I think you'll find with a bit of an inexperienced line-up that you've just got to be patient," said Harris. "There'll be those ebbs and flows in form just with guys trying to work it out a bit.

"We haven't got millions of Test matches into our top six so I think people just have to be a little bit patient. We're a pretty inexperienced batting line-up so we're going to have some days like that."

Australia were aided by the efforts of Travis Head on Friday as his unbeaten 61 brought them closer to India's total.

Paine's side are still adapting to the absence of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, all of whom were banned for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year.

Cheteshwar Pujara claimed his first century on Australian soil to rescue India from a top-order collapse and leave honours even on day one of the opening Test.

India will head into their Test series with an inexperienced Australia team "smelling blood", according to Aussie coach Justin Langer.

Marcus Harris insists he has no issues with Justin Langer's previous criticism of him after being named in Australia's 14-man Test squad.

Harris was rewarded for his fine Sheffield Shield form by being called up for the first two Tests against India next month.

The left-handed batsman has starred for Victoria since leaving Western Australia, then coached by Langer, in 2016.

Langer, now the Australia coach, labelled Harris' performances before his departure as "mediocre with flashes of brilliance" but, asked about those comments on Thursday, the 26-year-old said it was not a problem.

"It didn't really wind me up too much with what he said," said Harris.

"We had a really good meeting when I left WA and I know that we ended on good terms. I understood that if you put a lot of time into someone and they leave the state you'd be upset, so that was fine by me.

"It's all good, no worries there."

Harris has scored 437 runs at an average of 87.40 in the Sheffield Shield this season, following on from 2017-18 (706 at 41.52) and 2016-17 (808 at 42.52).

The top-order batsman believes his consistency over numerous seasons led to his selection.

"I've had a good couple of years here at the Vics. It's been great to be part of a successful side and I've probably fed off that a little bit," said Harris.

"Obviously to win a Shield in my first year here and then to have another solid season last season probably backed it up and probably helped my case."

Uncapped pair Marcus Harris and Chris Tremain were named in Australia's 14-man squad for their first two Tests against India.

Harris, 26, and Tremain, 27, have both enjoyed fine starts to the Sheffield Shield season for Victoria.

Tremain has taken 24 wickets at an average of 20.45, while Harris has scored 437 runs at 87.40.

They were rewarded with spots in the squad for the first two Tests – in Adelaide and Perth next month – and national selector Trevor Hohns said their performances were impossible to ignore.

"Marcus Harris has forced his way into the squad after an impressive start to the Sheffield Shield campaign for Victoria, and in recent times has performed in high-pressure matches, including Sheffield Shield finals," he said.

"Not only has he made plenty of runs, he's displayed the mental application we believe is required to compete at Test cricket.

"Chris Tremain has also been performing consistently with the ball for Victoria. His form in the Sheffield Shield has seen him become the second highest wicket-taker in the competition this season.

"He has also been a consistent wicket-taker over the past two seasons, and thoroughly deserves his place in the squad."

Usman Khawaja is expected to be fit for the first Test starting on December 6 after a knee injury, while Peter Handscomb was recalled.

After a dreadful series against Pakistan last month, Shaun Marsh kept his spot, having scored 362 runs at 120.66 in the Sheffield Shield.

 

Australia: Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain.

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