Joe Root
Either Joe Root or Ian Bell will bat at No 3 for England. [Reuters]

England batting coach Graham Gooch has revealed that it is between Ian Bell and Joe Root to replace Jonathan Trott at No 3 for the second Ashes Test against Australia.

Trott was forced to return home after suffering from a stress-related illness which means that England will have to make at least one change as they look to level the series in Adelaide.

Root has already opened for England but dropped down to No 6 for the first Test, while Bell has been coming in at five. However, Gooch has admitted that it will be one of these two that replaces Trott in the batting order.

"Whoever moves up to number three, and it's probably fair to say that Joe Root and Ian Bell are the two candidates, I'm sure they'll stand up for England, that's what they've got to do," Gooch told Sky Sports.

"I'm not a believer (that) you've got to be very careful about looking after people in what number they bat. If you're asked to bat three, four, five or six, whatever, you have to do that job."

There could also be a change in the bowling department after Tim Bresnan was added to the squad for the second Test after the Yorkshireman proved his fitness and impressed while playing for the Performance Programme.

Bresnan suffered a stress fracture in his back earlier this year and had not played competitive cricket since the fourth Test against Australia in the summer.

However, he returned to action last week as he claimed 4-31 in the first innings during a drawn match with a Queensland XI and also showed his ability with the bat as he scored 57 not out.

Bresnan's ability to score runs down the order and the control he adds with the ball was vital to England's success against Australia in the home series and he may well be in contention to appear in the second Test which begins on 4 December.

England find themselves trailing 1-0 after losing the opening Test by a mammoth 381 runs and will be hoping for an immediate response in Adelaide.