Huddersfield-born Luther Burrell has been left out of England’s second-Test side to face Australia at AAMI Park on Saturday.

The Northampton player is not included in the 23, as England have named George Ford and Jack Nowell in their starting XV in Melbourne.

The Grand Slam-winning 10-12 axis of Ford and Owen Farrell are reunited for the bid to complete an historic series triumph against one of the southern hemisphere giants.

Ford starts at fly-half and Farrell moves to inside centre in a positional switch, taking the place of Burrell.

Marland Yarde is also jettisoned from the team that prevailed 39-28 in Brisbane last Saturday, making way for Nowell on the left wing.

“George and Owen playing together gives us two great kicking options and Jack is a high work-rate player,” head coach Eddie Jones said.

Burrell was replaced after 28 minutes of the clash at Suncorp Stadium after his defensive frailties were exploited by Australia and the tourists’ fightback coincided with Ford’s arrival and Farrell’s switch to inside centre.

Samu Kerevi of the Wallabies is tackled by Luther Burrell (R) during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England

It was the first time Ford had been dropped under Jones but after just one match on the bench, the head coach has reverted to employing the twin playmaking option that served England well in the RBS 6 Nations.

Jones placed great faith in Yarde’s power for the first Test but the Harlequins wing barely fired a shot in attack and was driven backwards in the tackle.

Nowell was the second Grand Slam winner to start the series opener in Brisbane on the bench, Jones stating that he had become “de-trained” while helping Exeter reach the Aviva Premiership final.

The omission of Nowell was an unexpected decision by Jones, who has now restored the Chief to his starting XV.

There are three changes to the bench with back row Jack Clifford, hooker Jamie George and centre Elliot Daly present, while Chris Robshaw wins his 50th cap.

“We’ve picked a 23 to get the job done in Melbourne. Throughout the week the players have shown they’re desperate to wear the red rose, which meant some close calls on selection,” Jones said.

“It’s a 23 that suits the way we want to play at AAMI Park. Jamie, Jack and Elliot have shown huge desire this week and deserve their spots on the bench.

Tevita Kuridrani of Australia passes the ball watched by Luther Burrell during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England

“As soon as we came off the field in Brisbane our thoughts turned to Melbourne and I’m pleased with how we’ve prepared as the week has progressed.

“The players have recognised the importance of going up another level and have trained with a real intensity and purpose.

“We weren’t satisfied with last weekend’s performance and we know there’s lots to improve on, particularly aspects of our defence and breakdown work, which we’re confident we’ve remedied.

“We know the job isn’t done. We came here to win a Test series and that’s what we intend to do.

“Australia will try and throw everything at us on Saturday and we’ll be ready for the challenge.”

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England: M Brown (Harlequins); A Watson (Bath), J Joseph (Bath), O Farrell (Saracens), J Nowell (Exeter); G Ford (Bath), B Youngs (Leicester); M Vunipola (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), D Cole (Leicester), M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), C Robshaw (Harlequins), J Haskell (Wasps), B Vunipola (Saracens).

Replacements: J George (Saracens), M Mullan (Wasps), P Hill (Northampton), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton), J Clifford (Harlequins), D Care (Harlequins), E Daly (Wasps).