Elwiss stakes her claim
Seamer Georgia Elwiss is hopeful her impressive performances in the recent NatWest Series against India women will strengthen her claims for a place in England’s World Cup squad.
Elwiss, given her opportunity in the absence of the injured Anya Shrubsole, formed a formidable new-ball pairing with Katherine Brunt as England came from 2-0 behind to win the five-match one-day international rubber 3-2 courtesy of a 29-run Duckworth-Lewis triumph at Wormsley.
The 21-year-old bowled economically throughout the quintet of matches, taking her wicket tally to six with career-best international figures of 3-17 from 10 overs in her final outing.
And Elwiss is optimistic her showings will enhance her ambitions of representing England at the 50-over World Cup in India next March.
“It was a massive confidence booster because getting overs under my belt at this level was really important,” she told ecb.co.uk.
“With the World Cup coming up next March, it is something we are all working towards. It’s important to get into your rhythm and get overs under your belt.
“The squad is so strong at the moment; the competition for places is so high. But hopefully this series has pushed my case forward a little bit and I will keep working hard over the winter.”
Despite Elwiss’ eye-catching performances seeing her named player of the series, she was keen to praise the team as a whole after responding to two defeats with three victories.
“It means everything; it’s been a hard series so it’s been a test of character,” she said.
“The way the girls pulled through and the partnership me and Brunty had up front really put pressure on them early. It’s nice to get recognised but it’s full credit to the girls.”
Elwiss put early pressure on the India batters with her economical bowling, conceding just 89 runs off 46 overs throughout the series.
“We talk a lot about having control,” she added. “My game is to bowl economically for county and club and that is what I have tried to do here. Just to keep it simple really and back her (Brunt) up.”