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England line up first ever three-match series with Australia

England will play three matches in Australia. Credit: PA

Australia will next year welcome England in a three-match series for the first time.

The two nations have never contested a three-match series despite a century-old rivalry, but they will battle it out in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney next June.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said: "With a rivalry that dates back to 1909, it is remarkable that Australia and England have never before played a three-match series and the history of this occasion is sure to add to the anticipation for the tour."

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "A Test series in Australia is a massive challenge and one to really look forward to.

"We all saw the excitement generated by the three Tests on the British & Irish Lions tour.

"We haven't toured Australia since 2010 so for most of our squad it will be their first opportunity to play a senior Test there and I'm sure it will be a great series."

Hodgson: England very different from World Cup

Hodgson said England are an 'exciting team' Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson says there have been a lot of changes to his "exciting" side since their disastrous World Cup a year ago.

Ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia, Hodgson insisted it wasn't down to him to say if England were better than 12 months ago.

Sunday's match comes comes a year to the date since England's World Cup defeat to Italy.

The side has been freshened up significantly since then and is unbeaten in this season's fixtures, but Hodgson would not be drawn on their progress.

It's not for me to say, I don't think self-assessments are the best. But there's been a lot of changes, young players have come into the squad and team, a very different team to the one from a year ago.

I believe it's an exciting team with large margins of progression.

We will grow and get better, I have to be satisfied on their behalf.

– Roy Hodgson

Craig Overton called up by England for third ODI

Craig Overton has played 15 List A matches for Somerset, averaging 54.20 with the ball and 10.54 with the bat. Credit: PA

Uncapped Somerset all-rounder Craig Overton has been called up to the England squad for their one-day series against New Zealand as cover for the injured Chris Jordan.

Jordan will be assessed before the third match at the Rose Bowl on Sunday after picking up a side injury.

The series is tied at 1-1 after England suffered a 13-run Duckworth-Lewis loss at The Oval on Friday.

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