Returning Chris Ashton handed England boost by Eddie Jones

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Eddie Jones has given returning Saracens wing Chris Ashton a boost ahead of England's summer tour of Australia.

Ashton will return against Bath at The Rec on Friday night after completing a 10-week ban handed to him for making contact with the eyes of Ulster's Luke Marshall during a European Champions Cup match.

The 29-year-old was originally in Jones's Six Nations plans but had to watch from afar as England claimed their first Grand Slam since 2003. However, Sarries boss Mark McCall has revealed Jones has already been in contact with Ashton regarding his international future.

"He was frustrated at the time and he had to get his head around the length of the ban," McCall said. "Eddie Jones has given some encouragement that he is still possibly in the plans if he produces the goods.

"That has given him a boost in the last two months of the season. I think Eddie wants wingers who can score tries and Ash's try-scoring record is as good as anybody's per game.

"His attitude has been really good because he has had to wear a bib for the past 10 weeks. He's had to help prepare the team. That requires him to be Exeter one week or Wasps the next.

"He has got his head down and helped to prepare the team but at the same time worked on his own game.

"He was on great form before the suspension came along and he's going to provide something different to our team with his X-factor. He has worked really hard on those little areas where he needed to and he's flying."