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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

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