London - New coach Trevor Bayliss has promised that an attack-minded England
will fight fire with fire and will not be intimidated by Australia when the
Ashes series starts next week.
The 52-year-old former Sri Lanka coach will take charge of England for the
first time when the Ashes get underway in Cardiff on July 8.
Australian Bayliss is fully aware of the approach England must adopt if they
are to reclaim the Ashes from his compatriots.
"To be successful against Australia, it's certainly not going to be by
taking a backward step or allowing the Australians just to dictate terms,"
"You've got to get out and fight fire with fire, be positive and
aggressive and the individuals have to play their own natural game.
"I think going forward with this group of players he (captain Alastair
Cook) has got, you will see a bright, attacking style of cricket being
England impressed during the drawn series against New Zealand before winning
the subsequent one-day international series 3-2 with a thrilling brand of
Bayliss is hoping for more of the same.
"I'm all for playing the game in an aggressive manner," he said.
"It gets down to how individuals actually are able to put up with it -
how they are able to react to it or whether they react to it. Some will and
"If you look in history at the best players in the world, they've all
"Not only are they single-minded and they know what to do off the field
and how to prepare, they are able to make decisions for themselves out on the
ground, rather than look to the coaching staff for an answer."
England travelled to Spain for a four-day training camp ahead of the Ashes and
Bayliss said it was a great opportunity to build relationships.
"We had some good meetings," he said.
"It was important that I got across to the players that I don't bite.
That they're more than welcome to come and ask me any questions or get involved
with any conversations."