Ashes Trevor Bayliss expects England to be positive in the Ashes

New head coach Trevor Bayliss expects England to play a positive brand of cricket in the upcoming Ashes series.

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Trevor Bayliss will instruct his England players to take a "positive and aggressive" approach and "fight fire with fire" when they attempt to regain the Ashes.

Head coach Bayliss will take charge of England for the first time when the eagerly-awaited five-match series against his native Australia begins in Cardiff next Wednesday.

The 52-year-old former New South Wales batsman will be expected to hit the ground running in his new role after being confirmed as Peter Moores' replacement in May.

England's limited-overs players were showered with praise for the manner in which they set about securing series victories over New Zealand and Bayliss expects the Test side to get on the front foot against Australia.

"You've got to get out and fight fire with fire," said Bayliss. "You have to be positive and aggressive. And individuals have to play their own natural game.

"If you are going to be successful against Australia it's certainly not going to be by taking a backward step, or allowing them to dictate terms.

"The way the game has been played over the last five or 10 years, you could argue that maybe we haven't kept up to date maybe as some of the other teams.

"Whether you like it or not, the T20 format and the one-day format do have a bearing on the way the game is played at Test level. It's that philosophy of being positive and aggressive."

Adil Rashid was on Wednesday included in a 13-man squad for the first Test, but Bayliss later stated that Moeen Ali is England's first-choice spinner.

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