Elwiss means business
Georgia Elwiss has enjoyed a meteoric rise since her England debut in October and this month has produced metronomic bowling that she hopes will aid a series victory over India women tomorrow.
The 21-year-old seamer has formed a formidable new-ball partnership with Katherine Brunt in the NatWest Series, which stands at 2-2 ahead of the Wormsley decider.
Although Brunt has six of the nine wickets they have taken, Elwiss’ combined figures for the first four one-day internationals are a remarkably economical 3-72 from 36 overs.
“It’s been coming out alright so far,” Elwiss modestly told ecb.co.uk.
“I think the main thing is that me and Brunty have been putting on a good partnership up front, which has put them under pressure right from the off.
“What we talk about is having control in the first 10 especially, setting a good standard for the rest of the overs. It’s the partnership that’s the most pleasing thing for us.”
Brunt is Elwiss’ senior by six years, 54 ODIs and 68 50-over wickets.
“She was someone I looked up to when I was coming through, starting to play,” Elwiss added.
“So having her at the other end, just giving me little tips about what the wicket’s doing or how the batters are shaping up to play is invaluable.”
Sussex’s Elwiss was first called up to the senior England set-up last summer and, although she did not play in the NatWest Women’s Quadrangular Series, was named in the squad to tour South Africa.
She made her debut in the second ODI and, having taken her first international wicket in the third and final game of an England whitewash, was handed a Twenty20 international bow later that week.
Elwiss again played in two ODIs of a 3-0 whitewash in March - this time versus hosts New Zealand - and retained her place against India.
On those winter trips she and her fellow bowlers worked on their economy, for Elwiss resulting in this summer’s impressive returns.
“We started it over the winter tours, looking to build pressure early on and use the pressure to create wicket opportunities and that’s what we’ve managed to do: bowl straight and bowl to our plans, and it’s been working for us so far,” she added.
Elwiss’ most impressive figures were in the second and third games, both at Taunton where she claimed 2-19 and 1-15 each time from 10 overs.
Had it not been for a batting collapse in pursuit of 130, she believes England would have already won the series.
“The majority of the time in Taunton for the games we were probably ahead,” she reflected. “It was just that small batting collapse that let us down.
“But definitely we’re very pleased with how we played the last two games. We know there’s more to come from us and hopefully we can put in an all-round performance tomorrow and lift the trophy.”
Having come back from 2-0 down, Elwiss is sure England can prevail. However, she will not take lightly a side featuring the likes of captain Mithali Raj, who has scored 250 runs in four innings.
“They’re a good team and they’ve got a couple of really world-class batters,” she added.
“The first two games we were probably a bit behind the pace, but we’ve come back really well. We’ve got the momentum now going into the final.
“We won’t underestimate them but we’ll stick to our game plan and we’re very confident for tomorrow.”