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MCC Young Cricketer Georgia Elwiss made her England Women's debut as Charlotte Edwards’ team wrapped up an ODI series victory over South Africa.
Elwiss opened the attack in place of injured bowler Katherine Brunt, taking 0-48 in eight overs as England trounced their hosts by 96 runs in Potchefstroom.
Edwards made 138 at the top of the order, her fifth ODI century, as England made a mammoth 315 from their 50 overs with Elwiss’ fellow YC Sarah Taylor making 77.
England’s win takes them to an unassailable 2-0 series lead with one match left to play, before the tour moves on to a three match Twenty20 series.
Elwiss, who completed her second year as a YC at the end of the summer, has now moved on to Loughborough University, where she is part of the MCC Universities programme (opens in a new window).
The seamer, who plays her county cricket with Sussex, described herself as ‘nervous and emotional’ prior to her first action as a full international.
She said: “I just wanted to get out there, control my emotions and have the first ball go where I wanted.
“After the first ball I settled down and got into my rhythm, it’s just really nice to be able to go out there and play with ten other really good players and mates. It was a really good feeling and something that I want to continue."
Elwiss was called up to the squad for the first time during the 2011 summer, but didn’t make the first XI.
Her selection for the South Africa tour though was just reward for her hard work over the past two season’s.
She added: “I was ready for my debut, I knew there was a chance that I would get a game as (England Coach) Mark Lane had discussed the rotation of bowlers before we came out.
"It’s difficult to replace Katherine Brunt so in terms of that there was a bit of pressure on, but our batters got a really good score on the board so I couldn’t have asked for a better score to defend.
“It was just a case of remembering to continue to play in the same way I have been doing to get picked for England.
“I had brilliant support from the team and it was a great feeling to be part of the victory.”
Elwiss is the latest women’s cricketer with strong MCC links to be elevated to the highest level.
The 20-year-old will have felt well at home in the England shirt joining her fellow 2011 YCs Heather Knight, Danni Wyatt and Taylor in the starting line-up.
Wicket-keeper, batsman Taylor’s innings, which took just 63 balls, will be particularly pleasing for the England camp.
The 22-year-old has moved up to the number three position in place of England’s former talisman Claire Taylor, who retired during the summer at the age of 35.
Taylor’s younger namesake will be desperate to stamp her authority on her new position, as the team build towards the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka next year.