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England's wing wonder Ashton returns to haunt Australia

CHRIS Ashton's inclusion on the right wing, with Charlie Sharples switching to the left in place of Ugo Monye, is the only change to the England side that beat Fiji 54-12 last week.

The Saracens wing missed England's opening QBE autumn Test through suspension - but returns to face the Wallabies, against whom he has scored three tries in three Tests.

Ashton scored his first Test try in England's 21-20 victory in Sydney on the 2010 summer tour and touched down twice in a record 35-18 win at Twickenham the following autumn.

The second of those efforts, finished by Ashton after England launched a counter-attack from behind their own line, has gone down in the annals as one of the great Twickenham tries.

England coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We were pleased with lots of aspects of our performance last week, but we know we need to improve this week and, by having some consistency in selection, we allow those players to demonstrate we can step up to the next level against what will be a very tough Australian side."

Australia coach Robbie Deans, meanwhile, has recalled wing Digby Ioane, full-back Berrick Barnes and prop Ben Alexander.

ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA, TOMORROW, TWICKENHAM (LIVE SKY SPORTS 1, 2.30)


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