The latest version of the historic series starts on Wednesday and, according to Bayliss, the home team will not be intimidated by the psychological warfare for which Australia is known.
Bayliss was appointed in May as successor to Peter Moores when the latter was dropped after a disastrous World Cup campaign in which the English did not survive the group matches.
According to the 52-year-old Aussie, his adopted country can regain the coveted Ashes urn.
“You will not be successful against Australia by sitting back and allowing them to set the pace,” Bayliss told Reuters.
“You must fight fire with fire, have a positive attitude and the guys must try to play their natural game.”
Bayliss, who led Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final and also cracks the whip at the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, was responding to remarks by Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
Johnson was firing the latest salvo in the usual Ashes verbal battle, when he said this week that “nothing will be any different” from when the teams last clashed in 2013. That series boiled over during the first test, when Australian captain Michael Clarke warned English batsman James Anderson to steel himself for “a f**king broken arm” during a nasty bowling spell by Johnson.
The Aussies made a 5-0 clean sweep in that series down under.
“I am a supporter of the game being played in an aggressive way, but everything depends on the individual player. Some will be able to endure it, others not,” Bayliss said. In their first series under Bayliss, the English impressed in the drawn test series against New Zealand. They then also won a oneday series against the Kiwis 3-2.
Veteran Australian wicket keeper Brad Haddin told The Telegraph: “We have a few chaps who can bowl at 150km/h, so things will become quite uncomfortable for the English batsmen. We arrived in England with the Ashes and we are taking them back with us.”
Michael Clarke (captain), Steve Smith, Fawad Ahmed, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson
Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood