Elwiss living England dream
Georgia Elwiss says the chance to make her England women's debut on the tour of South Africa is something she has been dreaming of since she was a young girl.
The 20-year-old was called up as cover for Jenny Gunn during this summer’s NatWest Quadrangular Series, but is now relishing the opportunity to stake her claim for a regular place in the team when the squad fly out on Sunday.
“I’ve dreamt of making my debut since I was little and I’m really nervous, but excited too," Elwiss told ecb.co.uk.
"I’ve just got to try and keep those emotions in control if I do get the nod. I’ve been looking forward to it since I got the phone call.
“I’ve been doing quite a lot of preparation for it, last weekend and this weekend, so I’m really looking forward to it now and can’t wait to get on that plane.
“In terms of goals, I obviously want to make my debut and I want to keep pushing for a permanent place. The first step is impressing enough to get that debut, and then I’ll take it from there.
“They’re two massive goals for me - long-term and the 50-over World Cup, which is 18 months away, and then the Twenty20 World Cup, which is next year.”
England face South Africa in three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s from October 17-30 and Elwiss is confident the tour will help enhance team spirit and allow the squad the chance to develop their own style of play.
She also feels there is a real sense of excitement and desire within the group.
“We’re looking at the preparation for the World Cup in 18 months' time, so this tour is a massive step in the development ladder for that.
"We’re going out there looking to win six out of six, but also looking to play our own style and brand of cricket.
"We want to take the game to the South Africans and see what they come back with.
“There’s a massive buzz around the camp and everyone’s feeling really good about the winter and the training schedule that we’ve got.
"We’ve got some really good winter tours coming up, so for me it’s fantastic to be around the girls; I can learn from them.”
England's preparation is already under way, orchestrated by head coach Mark Lane and featuring a team of newly-appointed specialist coaches.
Elwiss believes this will help improve their chances of achieving success in South Africa, while also continuing to push the standard of the team even higher.
“We’ve had these camps and we’ve been given footage of the South Africans that we have to analyse, so we’re getting there now,” she said.
“We’ve got a new batting coach, a new bowling coach and a new wicketkeeping coach, which is fantastic for us.
"I’ve had lengthy sessions with Paul Jarvis, our new fast bowling coach, which has been brilliant for me, just to tap into him and to get some more ideas to take forward into the tour.
“Having the coaches there on a permanent basis is going to be just brilliant for the game and brilliant for me to try and develop my batting and get myself up that order.”