England wing Chris Ashton aims to vent frustration on Australia

Chris Ashton

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Ashton hopes to emulate 2010 win

AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS: ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA

Venue:
Twickenham
Date:
Saturday 17 November
Kick-off:
14:30 GMT
Coverage:
Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live & online. Watch highlights on BBC Three, online and on mobiles: Saturday 1900-2000 GMT; repeated on BBC Two on Sunday from 1230-1330 GMT

Recalled England wing Chris Ashton aims to take out his frustration on Australia and end his barren Test run.

The 25-year-old, who returns after a one-match ban, has scored 15 tries in 26 Tests, but none in his last nine.

"There's a lot of frustration," he told BBC Sport. "But there is nothing I can do. I'm playing exactly the same way as I always have. Every game is tough.

"I'm always disappointed if I haven't scored two or three a game, but it's not going to happen. I will take one."

Ashton scored his first Test try against the Wallabies in a memorable win in Sydney in June 2010, and two more against them at Twickenham later that year, including his spectacular 90m effort.

But after losing his place to Charlie Sharples for England's opening autumn Test against Fiji after picking up a suspension, the Saracens wing - who has scored four tries in eight games for his new club - admits he was concerned about regaining it.

"I had a few sleepless nights to be honest, I was struggling on the weekend," he said. "The missus wasn't too happy because I was having a go at her as well.

"It was only on Sunday that I realised what was wrong with me. It was probably this [selection] playing on my mind.

Chris Ashton scores a second try for England against Australia

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Ashton shows off 'swan' dive v Australia

"I was very thankful when my name appeared on the team sheet. It has been a long two weeks, so hopefully I can get going again."

Ashton replaces Ugo Monye in England's starting side, with Sharples - who scored two tries in the 54-12 win over Fiji, from the right flank - moving to the left wing.

After spending the first two years of his Test career playing alongside his former Northampton team-mate Ben Foden in the back three, Ashton is now working on forging a successful link with full-back Alex Goode, who excelled against Fiji.

He said: "Being at the same club together is going to help, but it is difficult going from 'Fodes' to 'Goodey'. They are completely opposite players, so it is going to take time to learn how to work off him.

"But as we saw last week [against Fiji, when Goode created three of England's first four tries] he creates chances. It is is just a matter of me getting on his shoulder."

Ashton has been the subject of some gentle ribbing this week from Australia wing Digby Ioane, who said he was looking forward to playing against England's "pretty" wingers.

"I have actually played against him before," added the Wiganer, recalling the occasion of his first Test try in Sydney two years ago. "But he played on the other wing and I was on the left that day.

"He is a great winger. I would say he is up there in the top two in the world, so I am looking forward to playing against him."

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