England got their World Cup campaign off to a scrappy start in Sapporo on Sunday with a 35-3 Pool C victory over Tonga as Manu Tuilagi scored two tries while skipper Owen Farrell added 15 points with the boot.
England lost Jason Roy and Ben Stokes before lunch as they slumped to 87 for four to leave Australia closing in on a win that would retain the Ashes on the final day of the fourth test at Old Trafford on Sunday.
England fast bowler Stuart Broad is excited to see another showdown between England’s Jofra Archer and Australia’s Steve Smith when the former skipper returns for the fourth Ashes test in Old Trafford on Wednesday.
An unbeaten partnership of 79 by Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow gave England hope of earning an extraordinary victory to save the Ashes series against Australia on Sunday.
Australia were all out for 246 runs in their second innings on day three of the third Ashes test on Saturday, setting England 359 runs to win, a total that would be the second-highest ever run chase at Headingley and keep alive the series.