Trevor Bayliss has spoken of England's frustrations at losing Ben Stokes ahead of the most important series of them all.
England's Australian coach has arrived in Perth to take on his countryman for the Ashes without his best player as the agonising wait over whether Stokes will be charged by police for his role in the Bristol fracas goes on.
'Obviously, at the end of the season, it was a difficult time for everyone. I suppose that comes with the territory,' Bayliss told BBC's Test Match Special here in Perth on Wednesday.
England coach Trevor Bayliss hits ball to players during training in Perth on Tuesday
Bayliss throws ball to England players as they trained at the WACA ahead of their Ashes tour
Bayliss admits that the absence of Ben Stokes will have an effect on England's Ashes chances
'It involves everyone, not just the one or two guys that were involved on that night. But it's a month ago now, and certainly the guys here have been going about their business, and there hasn't been any chat about it at all.
'Everyone's been concentrating on what we need to do, to win this series. You lose a player of Ben's calibre, and it will make a bit of a difference. So we're going to have to work out a different combination for the first Test and we've got three games to sort that out.
'I'm quite confident we can come up with a team that's more than capable of winning. Quite simply, we're preparing to win.'
Bayliss rules out any extra disciplinary crackdown in light of an incident during England's one-day series against West Indies that saw Stokes and Alex hales caught up in a brawl and three other players, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball, fined for being out late.
England trained at the WACA in Perth on Tuesday on the first stop of their Ashes tour
It was a light training session for Joe Root's team as they shook off the jet lag
England captain Joe Root prepares to take a catch during training in Perth on Tuesday
Stuart Broad, wearing shades in the sunny weather of Perth, was in a happy mood
Ashes Tour 2017-18
4-5 Western Australia XI (Perth)
8-11 Cricket Australia XI (Adelaide, d/n)
15-18 Cricket Australia XI (Townsville)
23-27 First Test (Brisbane)
2-6 Second Test (Adelaide, d/n)
9-10 Cricket Australia XI (Perth)
14-18 Third Test (Perth)
26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne)
4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney)
'There's been no set curfews,' said the coach who believes in treating players like adults and giving them responsibility for their own actions.
'I think they're just sensible rulings, to me what we should have been sticking to anyway as a player or someone around a professional set-up. To me, not drinking in between matches is just sensible.
'The players have sat down and had a chat, and they're the ones who've come up with it.
'We certainly don't want to put too many curfews that keep them in their rooms, because it is a long tour – you've got to get out and experience what they've got to offer in the country you're touring.
'It's about picking the right time to have a couple of drinks, but knowing when to stay away from it when you're preparing for a match.'
Bayliss knows that England will be reminded about the Stokes incident wherever they go in his native land.
'I suppose we'll be on the other end of some of the sledging,' he added. 'You've just got to realise, when you come here, you're not playing 11 – you're playing 24 million.'
Stokes is waiting to see whether he will be charged by police following the fracas in Bristol