Elwiss boosted by India visit
Georgia Elwiss has yet to play a limited-overs international on the sub-continent, but England’s attention to detail ensures she will be fully prepared for the Women’s World Cup in India.
Elwiss is in line to feature in a major tournament for the first time, having been named in a 15-player party that will aim to defend the title England claimed in 2009.
Although the 21-year-old seamer’s nine previous one-day international appearances have come in South Africa, New Zealand and England, she was able to sample Asian conditions earlier this year during a bowling camp in India.
With the rest of England’s squad all possessing sub-continental experience, Elwiss expects Charlotte Edwards’ side to hit the ground running when they begin their campaign in February.
“Over the last two years the squad has travelled to India and Sri Lanka quite a lot and obviously the last World Twenty20 was in Sri Lanka a few months ago, so the girls are all ready,” she told ecb.co.uk.
“We had a bowling camp in India in April this year, which was really beneficial for us. Me and Anya Shrubsole went out there and it gave us a chance to practice and hone our skills in the sub-continent. It prepared us a little more for what we are going to face.
“The first session I had out there was a massive shock to the system, so having that experience will definitely stand us in good stead. I think it was probably done with one eye on the World Cup, to give us specific training and get us used to the conditions.”
Elwiss describes her own call-up as “really exciting” and is looking forward to challenging fellow seamers Katherine Brunt and Shrubsole for a starting berth.
“We all train together every day and we’re all best mates really,” she added. “That competition helps us to reach our best and it’s more of a good thing than a negative because we’re pushing each other on. It’s definitely beneficial for us.
“We all know our games inside-out, so any little technical thing that we are working on, we can help each other out in sessions. We just feed off each other.”
England’s army of spinners can be expected to play a leading role on India’s turning surfaces. Yet Elwiss insists support will be forthcoming from England’s quicker bowlers.
“They are very different conditions to those we face over here, so we’ve got to work on looking after the ball really well and making sure it swings for as long as possible up top,” she explained.
“Then we will try and get some reverse-swing at the end of the innings.
“You’ve just got to look after the ball, that’s the main thing. That’s something that we’re really going to try and work on over the next few weeks, to maximise what we can get out of the Indian pitches.
“The spinners are going to play a massive part out there, but we don’t want the seamers to be written off.”