Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques was pleased with his debut Test innings, saying he would have liked to make a century but was happy enough with his 68, especially as he was very nervous before batting.

Australia were in trouble at one stage on 153 for five, with India's Ravi Ashwin running riot in Chennai. Henriques and skipper Michael Clarke, who made 103 not out, then joined forces for a 151-run stand.

Henriques said afterwards: "Luckily after the first ball the nerves died down a little bit but they were going through the roof waiting to bat. Then when that wicket (of Matthew Wade) fell and having to walk out the legs started to turn to jelly.

"But after that first ball and after the first run things started to calm down a little. I really wanted to get through the day and make sure we finished five wickets down.

"I could have been a little bit more ruthless at the end if I was going to be critical. But if someone said you're going to have 60-odd on debut I'd take it."

Of batting with his skipper, Henriques added: "(Clarke) wasn't too different to when I've batted with him before in Shield cricket. He likes to smile out there and we enjoy our cricket and enjoy batting together.

"I think that relaxing, calming effect that he has and that confidence that he has as a batsman starts rubbing off on the people that he bats with as well."

The all-rounder was confident his side's fast bowlers, like James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc, would be able to make use of the new ball, even though spinner Ashwin took all six wickets to fall on the day.

The debutant added: "There was not much seam movement or anything like that but both their quicks were getting it to reverse. I think with our quicks they'll probably penetrate the wicket a little bit more than what those guys did.

"(India) bowled with discipline and hopefully with guys like Jimmy and Peter and Mitch will have a little bit more air speed. There was certainly reverse swing so I think the key with reverse swing is to try to bowl to new batsmen with it and be smart with your fields."