MELBOURNE (AFP) - England is being considered as an alterative venue for Pakistan's scheduled Test series against Australia next year, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. Spokesman Peter Young said negotiations began with Pakistan before the militant attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore on Tuesday sent shockwaves through the sport. "Pakistan has accepted for some time that we aren't able to visit because of the safety and security concerns in that nation," he told reporters. "Pakistan has started the discussion about playing three Test matches at neutral venues in England in 2010. "It's a work in progress, the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) is responsible for coming up with the arrangements, but in principle we've been comfortable and (we're) talking with them." Pakistan are due to host Australia for three Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 game, but with the current security situation in Pakistan there is no chance the series will take place there. Australia have refused to tour Pakistan since 1998 because of safety concerns. Young said one of the strong attractions of England as a venue is that the north of the country has a large expatriate Pakistani population. "One of the downsides to neutral venues is quite often you don't get people turning up at the stadium - because wherever you are, the locals don't have a home-team interest," he said. "But part of the theory is that there are a significant number of expatriate Pakistanis who, with appropriate marketing, might be encouraged to attend these games." Pakistan and Australia are due to play five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match in the neutral venues of Abu Dhabi and Dubai in late April and early May. Cricket Australia said it would send a pre-tour inspection party this week to look at the venues, with safety and security part of the brief.