Chris Ashton returns to England team for Twickenham showdown with Wallabies

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Chris Ashton: Restored to England's right wing for Saturday's match with Australia

Chris Ashton: Restored to England's right wing for Saturday's match with Australia

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Chris Ashton returns to the England team for Saturday's clash with Australia, the only change coach Stuart Lancaster has made to his 23-man squad.

Ashton is restored to the right wing with Charlie Sharples - scorer of two fine tries in last week's 54-12 demolition of Fiji - switching to the left wing in place of Ugo Monye, who was released from the squad earlier this week.

Saracens star Ashton, who missed last week's victory because of suspension, has an impressive record against Australia, scoring three tries in three Tests against them - including his memorable length-of-the-pitch effort at Twickenham in 2010. But he has not scored a try in his last nine internationals.

England are otherwise unchanged for the showdown with their old rivals who arrive in London on the back of a 33-6 defeat to France in Paris.

Despite a comfortable victory against Fiji, Lancaster admits England will have to deliver a much-improved performance against a team ranked No 2 in the world.

Lancaster said: "To select 23 from a squad of 30 plus who have trained so well, with such intensity and focus, was difficult but it's a good position to be in. The 'team first' mentality of all our squad has impressed us greatly.

"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.

"The crowd at Twickenham last week were brilliant and we can't wait to get back there this Saturday and take part in what I am sure will be a very exciting Test match."

England: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Charlie Sharples, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Danny Care, 1 Joe Marler, 2 Tom Youngs, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Tom Palmer, 5 Geoff Parling, 6 Tom Johnson, 7 Chris Robshaw, 8 Thomas Waldrom
Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 David Wilson, 18 Mako Vunipola, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Mike Brown

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