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Pattinson rested, Aus bowlers seek control

Australia's pacemen are embracing a squad mentality, as reflected by James Pattinson's omission, and the same disciplined approach that helped their predecessors achieve breakthrough success in India.

Pattinson has been rested from the second Ashes Test, which starts at 8pm AEST on Wednesday, to ensure he is cherry ripe for the ensuing clash in Leeds.

Josh Hazlewood is expected to claim Pattinson's place in the XI, although captain Tim Paine insists Mitchell Starc is still in the mix to face England.

"Obviously Mitchell is seen as more of a strike weapon but he's been working really hard on his control," Paine said.

"We'll just come in the morning, have a look and go with a bit of a gut feel.

"If you look at Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood's records at Lord's, it is a good venue for one of those to come in, play and be confident in the fact they can bowl really well here."

Control has been the bowlers' go-to buzzword in recent weeks as they seek to make this Australia's first triumphant Ashes tour since 2001.

Coach Justin Langer has urged his quicks to cut down the number of boundary balls they deliver, with Peter Siddle now his go-to man.

There are parallels with the way Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Michael Kasprowicz prioritised dot-ball pressure over all-out aggression in 2004, when they helped Australia win a Test series in India for the first time.

"We've spoken about teams in the past that we want to try and emulate," Paine said.

"You talk about a style or brand of cricket you want to play. We're no different, you look to take things from great teams that you see, and try and take those bits that fit with your current group.

"We've got 17 guys here who are completely different people to those who were on that tour.

"But there's some things we can take from what that team did."

Paine also praised the inspirational influence of Steve Waugh, who is on deck as a consultant coach.

"To have people like Steve Waugh around us is really helpful when you want to bounce ideas or talk about the past," Paine said.

"Or what it means to play for Australia.

"That's something this group is really conscious of."

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