Chris Ashton’s fans might wonder about his absence from the team that went to represent England in Australia but there were good reasons for which Eddie Jones took such a decision.
The winger from Saracens is revered for the defensive qualities that he exhibits on the playing field. The tour that England has embarked upon comprising of three Tests does not include him but there is no need to be alarmed.
Chris Ashton can still participate in Test matches if he wants to. In the playoffs of Saracens in the Premiership semi finals he played key roles. Two tries were attempted by him against the Leicester Tigers. It definitely counted as did the efforts of the other players as well. However he might not be able to rest easy this summer even if he was not part of the team that left to tour Australia for three Tests this summer.
Most people consider Chris Ashton as one of the best wingers in England. Many thought that would make him vital for the national team who were packing their bags to embark upon their journey to Australia. Eddie Jones however, felt that Chris will not be required in tee team and as his opinion counted in this matter, Chris was left behind in this tour. The argument here is totally about personal opinions but it should also be about statistics. There are widespread and detailed statistics available that stand at Chris’s favor.
Hence, it is important that supporters do not forget that statistics will finally win over personal opinions and biases. Saracens is a great team that has been going great guns this year. Hence, Chris has nothing to worry about and it is a matter of time when his chance to represent the country will come along. Ashton has instincts that are sharp and he is a support runner whose skills are appreciated on the ground.