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Elwiss keen to enjoy final fantasy

The prospect of representing England Women in a major global final is the stuff of childhood dreams for seamer Georgia Elwiss.

Charlotte Edwards’ side will look to prevent Ashes rivals Australia from making it three Women’s World Twenty20 triumphs in succession when the teams meet in Dhaka tomorrow.

England were the beaten finalists in Sri Lanka two years ago – the closest they have come to regaining a trophy they were the first nation to collect back in 2009.

Georgia Elwiss played her part in this winter's Ashes triumph and hopes for another crack at Australia in the Women's World T20 final tomorrow

It is the first time Elwiss will be involved in a squad at a world final and the 22-year-old feels such occasions are ones all young cricketers aspire towards.

“You’re bowling in the back garden and you’re imagining it’s the World Cup final – it’s six to win and you’ve got to get your yorker in,” she told ecb.co.uk.

“All our preparations has been geared up for this and all the girls are really ready to go.”

Elwiss faces a battle to earn a spot in England’s starting XI after Tammy Beaumont got the nod in her place for the semi-final against South Africa.

Ultimately the extra batter was not needed as Edwards, Sarah Taylor and Heather Knight knocked off the required runs in a professional nine-wicket win - further evidence that the group is peaking at exactly the right time.

“You can see that throughout the group games as well,” Elwiss said. “We put in some really clinical performances in those and didn’t let teams into the games. That’s really important in this format, where anything can happen.

“We’re playing some really good cricket but, equally, so are Australia, so it’s going to be a really good game tomorrow.”

England are very well acquainted with Australia following back-to-back Ashes series and Elwiss believes skipper Meg Lanning and all-rounder Ellyse Perry are the major threats in a line-up packed with talent.

“Their captain Meg Lanning is very important,” she added. “She’s a very dangerous batter and she’s been in some really good form in this tournament.

“As is Ellyse Perry, with bat and ball. Over the last couple of months she’s shown some really good skills with the bat.

“Everybody in their team we’ve got to be wary of and we can’t under-estimate any of them.”

You can follow England Women’s progress in tomorrow's final with ecb.co.uk’s live blog, as well as via Twitter @ECB_cricket.

England all-rounder Danni Wyatt wishes her team-mates well against Australia

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