Barrie Lester has admitted that English bowls conditions will provide a challenge ©Getty Images

Australian lawn bowls player Barrie Lester has admitted the English conditions will prove a challenge at next year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Bowls at Birmingham 2022 will take place at Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa, with English greens slower than those found in Australia.

No Australian player or team has won a Commonwealth gold medal in lawn bowls at a Games held in the United Kingdom.

"You hear Leamington Spa and you think 'wow, you know, will we play bowls and then literally lay in a spa?'," said Lester, a triple Commonwealth Games medallist, to Commonwealth Games Australia's 300 Days to Go Show.

"But it's not like that at all, it's quite extreme.

"[The greens] are very foreign to what we play on day to day here in Australia.

"With the conditions over there, we are expecting to play in the rain, out in the cold and play on surfaces we aren't accustomed to here in Australia.

Bowls at Birmingham 2022 will be held at Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa ©Birmingham 2022
Bowls at Birmingham 2022 will be held at Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa ©Birmingham 2022

"So currently I've joined the local Burleigh Heads Palm Beach croquet club in which they've allowed me to roll my balls on the croquet greens which are somewhere near the pace or style of grass that we expect them to get over there."

Lester has only appeared at the Commonwealth Games on home soil - playing at Melbourne 2006 and Gold Coast 2018.

He won pairs bronze in Melbourne and silvers in the triples and fours in Gold Coast.

"I have played in two Commonwealth Games, they have both been here in Australia and my good friend and boxer Jason Whateley said when he made the Rio 2016 Olympics team, that it was amazing to be able to travel with the Australian team and go overseas," Lester said.

"So for me being able to experience the Commonwealth Games overseas and compete as part of the Australian team and take in the whole landscape and culture in the United Kingdom, I'm really looking forward to that."