Ian Bell of England jumps as he evades a short pitched ball from Mitchell Johnson during the First Ashes Test at The Gabba.

Ian Bell of England jumps as he evades a short pitched ball from Mitchell Johnson during the First Ashes Test at The Gabba. Photo: Mark Kolbe

Test great Brett Lee has warned Australia it must scrap its bouncer barrage and adopt a smarter bowling strategy in Adelaide if it wants to beat England in the second Test, which starts on Thursday.

Lee was unveiled as the Prime Minister's XI captain on Wednesday and will launch his own pace assault against England at Manuka Oval on January 14.

The 37-year-old, one of the most feared fast bowlers in world cricket when at his peak, said Australia needed to change its tactics or risk being belted on a slow wicket.

New Prime Minister's XI captain Brett Lee says bouncers won't be as effective in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval.

New Prime Minister's XI captain Brett Lee says bouncers won't be as effective in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Jay Cronan

Mitchell Johnson was Australia's spearhead bowler in the opening Test, combining lightning pace with brutal bouncers to rattle the England batsmen and lift Australia to a crushing victory.

''There is a lot of talk about bowling fast and short - that works in Brisbane,'' Lee said. ''But you have to bowl smart in Adelaide, you need a smarter plan for this Test.

''I would have liked to see Australia go straight to Perth [so it could play the second Test on a bouncy wicket] … playing in Adelaide will be low and slow and that might suit the Poms.

''The advice to Mitch would be to go out there and have fun. He doesn't need to change a lot - maybe bowl a bit fuller - but he can do that.''

Australia got its Ashes campaign off to a flying start with a 381-run victory in Brisbane two weeks ago.

Australia will field the same side. Skipper Michael Clarke has declared himself fit after rolling his ankle at training earlier this week.

Lee, who played 76 Tests and is one of only four Australians to claim more than 300 wickets, is confident Australia can reclaim the Ashes for the first time 2007.

''It has to be the year we win it, for everyone,'' Lee said. ''It's time now Michael Clarke's men stood up and they showed they can do it in the first Test with that aggression and mindset. I'm very confident Australia can win the Ashes.''

England's batsmen struggled to cope with Johnson's fierce bowling in Brisbane.

The unpredictable pace bowler was named man of the match for his nine wickets for 103 runs in the first Test.

His brutal attack and short-pitched bowling have drawn plenty of talk as Australia prepare for the second clash in Adelaide.

''You couldn't wish it on a better fella,'' Lee said of Johnson's success in the first Test. ''He's a true competitor and warrior. He's been through a lot and it's great to see him back. When he scores runs he usually gets wickets, so hopefully he can do that again.

''But you only have to think back two months when England was on top of the world, you have to put it in perspective.

''The Adelaide wicket will be like playing in England and Australia got walloped over there and now everyone's wondering whether England's any good. It was only a couple of months ago they were beating Australian convincingly.''

Lee will join a Prime Minister's XI of rising stars in Canberra.

It will be Lee's third PM's XI appearance after his efforts in 1999 launched his Test career. Three weeks after playing for the PM's XI against India, Lee made his Test debut in Melbourne.

He has claimed 718 wickets in 322 matches for Australia in all forms of the game.