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Georgia Elwiss has been given another opportunity to impress in an England shirt after being selected to tour New Zealand in February 2012.
Elwiss, a former MCC Young Cricketer and now a student at Loughborough MCC University (opens in a new window), made her international debut against South Africa earlier this winter.
The opening bowler played in two ODIs and one T20I in Potchefstroom this October as England completed a clean sweep of South Africa in both formats.
Elwiss took 1-40 in her second ODI, claiming Sunette Loubser as her first international victim.
20-year-old Elwiss is one of eight players with YC or MCCU links in the 15-player squad which will play five T20s and three ODIs.
Three of the T20 fixtures will be played as part of a double-header for New Zealand men’s matches against South Africa.
Elwiss’ Loughborough teammates Anya Shrubsole and Tammy Beaumont will also have the opportunity to establish themselves as England regulars in New Zealand.
The likes of YCs Danni Wyatt and Sarah Taylor meanwhile are already firm fixtures in a side which has had a magnificent 2011 so far.
After the disappointment of losing the Ashes to Australia early this year, they gained revenge by beating the Aussies – as well as New Zealand and India – to the NatWest T20 and ODI quadrangular tournaments on home soil.
England are now in preparation for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, which takes place in Sri Lanka later in the year.
Clare Connor, ECB Head of England Women’s Cricket, wished the squad every success in New Zealand.
She said: “The upcoming tour to New Zealand will provide both formats of limited overs cricket and give the players every opportunity to impress and retain their place for the upcoming ICC global events.
Charlotte Edwards (capt)
Players in bold are former or current MCC YC/MCCU players