Aussies agonising over pace attack for second Ashes Test

The Lord's pitch, slope and forecast showers have prompted Australia to contemplate a change to their attack for the second Ashes Test.

Captain Tim Paine has opted against naming an XI on the eve of the clash in London, where the tourists' search for a 2-0 lead starts on what is forecast to be a very wet Wednesday.

There is every chance Justin Langer and Trevor Hohns will pick an unchanged team, having been thoroughly impressed by recalled pacemen James Pattinson and Peter Siddle in Australia's series-opening win at Edgbaston.

Yet a strong case can be made for the inclusion of Josh Hazlewood, who was on the wrong end of Langer's last-minute "gut feel" decision between him and Siddle in Birmingham.

Complicating matters is a three-day break between the second and third Test.

The make-up of Australia's pace attack looms as the biggest headache for selectors. Pic: Getty

Given the attack is likely to be reshuffled because of workload concerns, selectors may be tempted to put Pattinson on ice for the ensuing match in Leeds.

But the overriding priority for coach Langer and chairman of selectors Hohns this week is victory, which would put their team in the box seat to complete Australia's first away Ashes triumph since 2001.

No side has ever come back from 2-0 down to win a Test series since Don Bradman's Australia in the 1936-37 Ashes.

Paine suggested conditions, both overhead and underfoot, will determine who claims the final spot in the XI at Lord's.

"We just want to have another quick look at the wicket. We know there's a bit of weather around," Paine told reporters.

"We'll make a call on the conditions and what we think is going to be the best combination.

"But also knowing this is a big series and there's going to be a lot of overs bowled, there's a lot of cricket coming up."

Mitchell Johnson has called on Mitchell Starc, who has tumbled down the current pace pecking order, to be picked in place of Pattinson.

Hazlewood and Starc were surprise omissions for Australia in the first Test. Pic: Getty

Hazlewood outperformed Starc in the recent tour game against Worcestershire, exercising great control in his best performance since suffering a serious back injury in January.

Paine predicted the home of cricket would offer both pace attacks more assistance than a slow deck in Birmingham, where Nathan Lyon spun his team to victory on the final day.

"Especially if it's overcast. It looked to have a greener tinge than Edgbaston did ... a similar wicket to maybe what we saw (In England's recent Test) against Ireland," Paine said.

"It looks similar to the nets, just to look at and feel, and the nets have been doing a little bit and spinning."

Paine even suggested the unique 2.5-metre drop between the north and south ends of the oval could help shape the selection debate.

"A little bit, a couple of our bowlers have got very good records here," the skipper said.

"Whether that is just because the wicket offers a bit or the slope, I'm not sure."