England geared up for Ashes onslaught, says Shane Warne

Shane Warne has urged Australia to "bully" England again with short-pitched bowling, believing the visitors are worried about, and gearing themselves for, another onslaught in Adelaide.

The Australian cricket legend says he has been informed that England approached a local manufacturer of protective batting equipment in Adelaide on Wednesday in a last-minute bid to stock up for another barrage of hostile bowling from Australian pace trio of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.

"I've got a scoop for you guys, I've just heard this morning... that England bought nine of them yesterday - extra chest guards and arms guards. So I think they are expecting more of the same," Warne said on SEN on Thursday.

"I thought we played some pretty aggressive cricket in [Brisbane], and I think it's in the DNA of all Australians to be aggressive and bring out that mongrel in us," he said.

"I think we showed that in the first Test and England and haven't liked it. So we need more of that.

"I think that caught them on the hop. I think the way it turned out in Brisbane, we bullied them. I think we upset them, and they didn't like it."

Much has been made of the new "drop in" pitch at the Adelaide Oval and whether it will have the pace and bounce that Brisbane gave Australia's fast bowlers so much assistance.

There was rain in Adelaide overnight, and the forecast is for another light shower or two during day one, however early reports suggest the weather is cool but fine as players finalise preparations for the second Test starting on Thursday. From a "glimpse" of the pitch on Wednesday, Warne said it looked "very flat and dry", although he did not expect it to break up as much as has traditionally been the case in Adelaide Tests.

Warne said Australia could still play the same "in-your-face" cricket that proved so successful in unsettling England in the first Test. "Sometimes if the wicket hasn't got the same pace, and it is a little bit two-paced, it's a lot harder to play the short ball," he said.

"Because when it's fast and true, like in Brisbane, you can get the line of it and then get out of the way or you just wear it on the [body], either one.

"But here, you're not sure whether to play it or duck it. So if someone is bowling 150 kms an hour, like Mitchell Johnson, left-arm, it could be quite hard to play him.

"So I expect him to cause some issues."

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