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Australia winger Drew Mitchell hopeful of lining up against England

Drew Mitchell hopes to have done enough to face England after becoming Australia's record World Cup try-scorer.

The Toulon back took his tally to 12 tries in the tournament with a double in Sunday's 65-3 win over Uruguay at Villa Park.

New Zealand's Jonah Lomu holds the record of 15 and Mitchell now has more scores than compatriots Chris Latham and David Campese.

Rather than be too concerned with personal records, Mitchell is eager for collective success, with the Wallabies' next game at Twickenham on Saturday.

"That's probably going to be something that I look back on," Mitchell said.

"There are far more important things that we're trying to achieve as a group, and hopefully there's a bigger outcome.

"In terms of pressing claims, it's more about me crossing the line and finishing.

"There's a lot of things that (head coach Michael) Cheika and the selectors and the coaches will look at about things off the ball.

"I'll go back and sit down with them and have a look at my game.

"Hopefully, at least, my name is thrown into the ring for selection."

England's loss to Wales means the hosts must beat Australia to advance to the quarter-finals from Pool A.

Unusually, Australia declined the opportunity to stoke up the rivalry.

"We've been really insular in terms of our focus," Mitchell added.

"I thought the boys played really well on Wednesday against Fiji.

"They set a platform and we want to make sure we at least maintain it and take it further."


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