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Aussie attack not stressed by Lord’s slope

By AAP Newswire

Australia's pacemen won't be muddled by the mystique of the Lord's slope, with Pat Cummins happy to bowl from either end of the iconic venue.

A 2.5-metre drop between the north and south ends of the oval is part of the reason that Lord's is such a unique challenge for fast bowlers.

Mitchell Johnson memorably came unstuck at the home of cricket in 2009, recording match figures of 3-200 as England clinched their first Ashes win at the ground in 75 years.

Johnson bounced back with six wickets to help his side level the 2015 Ashes at Lord's, where Australia have lost just seven of 38 Tests.

Cummins is the top-ranked Test bowler in the world but the match starting on Wednesday will be his first Test in London.

However, Australia's spearhead has played four ODIs at Lord's and isn't stressing as he prepares to hunt a 2-0 series lead over England.

"It's a funny one, it seems like everyone has a theory on which end to bowl here," Cummins said after Australia trained at Lord's on Sunday.

"People reckon they nip it down the hill, people reckon they nip it up the hill.

"I've got no idea. You normally settle into an end.

"I haven't bowled enough here ... haven't found too much of a difference."

Cummins added that he and the other fast bowlers wouldn't be stewing about how best to handle the slope.

"Every time you play here it comes up and it's just one of those nuances of this ground," he said.

"It's still a cricket pitch. I don't think it makes too much of a difference.

"I'm sure it'll come up (in team discussions) but it's not a massive factor."

Cummins suggested he would relish a chance to bowl first on Wednesday, should there be overcast conditions as forecast.

Mitchell Starc described Lord's as a "wonderful place to play cricket", adding that the 17-man touring party is well aware of Australia's imposing record at the venue.

"We'll be looking to continue that," Starc said.

"We're not sure what the conditions are going to be, if it's anything like that (recent) Irish Test match, it's perfect for us bowlers."