Owen Farrell
Owen Farrell has been named in the England team for the first Test against Australia Getty

Owen Farrell has been selected ahead of George Ford at fly-half for England's opening Test of their summer tour to Australia, which begins in Brisbane on Saturday (11 June). The 24-year-old Saracens star will line up alongside Northampton Saints' Luther Burrell, who has been chosen at inside centre.

Elsewhere, England coach Eddie Jones has opted to keep faith with Harlequins' Marland Yarde, who takes the place of Jack Nowell after his eye-catching performance against Wales in their impressive win in May.

"We have picked a side to win in Brisbane," Jones told EnglandRugby.com. "As always selection was tight and naturally players are disappointed, but we've gone with a 23 that has a good mix of experience and youth.

"We aim to win every Test match we play and I am pleased with our preparation since we landed in Australia. The group have acclimatised well, trained hard and there's a buzz around the camp."

England have never won a Test series in Australia and Jones, a former Wallabies coach, has told his squad they have an opportunity to make history down under. "If you look at England's record in Australia it's pretty ordinary," Jones said.

"We've only ever won three games in Australia so it's a great opportunity to put down a marker and create history. It's important we get off to a positive start and we'll arrive in Brisbane ready to play physical and aggressive rugby.

"We're excited to be playing against a strong Australian team in their backyard. The Wallabies are ranked second in the world and have the World Rugby coach of the year, so that's why they start as favourites. There's a lot of expectation on them to win the series convincingly.

"We have a young squad with an average age of 24 so we are still developing and improving. It'll be a great challenge for us and one we're looking forward to meeting head-on."

Meanwhile, Australia coach Michael Cheika has named three debutants in his team to face England. Centre Samu Kerevi, lock Rory Arnold and winger Dane Haylett-Petty will all start the match for the Wallabies, while scrum-half Nick Frisby could make his debut from the bench.

Australia: Israel Folau; Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Samu Kerevi, Rob Horne; Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps; Scott Sio, Stephen Moore, Greg Holmes, Rory Arnold, Rob Simmons, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, David Pocock

Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, James Horwill, Dean Mumm, Sean McMahon, Nick Frisby, Christian Lealiifano

England: Mike Brown, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Luther Burrell, Marland Yarde, Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, Billy Vunipola

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Matt Mullan, Paul Hill, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Danny Care, George Ford, Jack Nowell