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Bayliss is eager to banish any fear in England's ranks

By Staff Reporter

New England coach Trevor Bayliss has vowed to bring a typical Australian aggression to the side's Ashes bid, promising to "fight fire with fire".

Bayliss, from Goulburn in New South Wales, will make history in Cardiff next week by becoming the first Australian to lead England in the battle for the urn.

At Lord's yesterday, he named his squad for the first Investec Test on July 8 - comprising the XI who ended the series against New Zealand plus Yorkshire's uncapped leg-spinner Adil Rashid and seamer Steven Finn - and also laid down his expectations.

Bayliss wants his charges to meet the Australian challenge head on - attacking when attacked and banishing any sense of English timidity.

If Alastair Cook's men can live up to those words, and Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes appear tailor-made to do so, it could be quite a series.

"To be successful against Australia it's certainly not going to be by taking a backward step," he said. "You've got to get out and fight fire with fire, be positive and aggressive and individuals have to play their own natural game."

England squad to take on Australia in the first Investec Ashes Test in Cardiff: AN Cook (captain), JE Root (vice-captain), MM Ali, JM Anderson, GS Ballance, IR Bell, SCJ Broad, JC Buttler, ST Finn, A Lyth, BA Stokes, MA Wood, AU Rashid.

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