KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Georgia Elwiss, MCC Young Cricketer, MCC Universities student and England Women's player-of-the-tournament against India, admits she is still pinching herself after starring in a narrow series victory.
Elwiss took six wickets in the five match series, including a stunning spell of 10-4-17-3 which helped reduce India to 2/3 in the final match, as the hosts secured a 3-2 series win having been 0-2 down.
Playing in England for the first time in her international career after making her debut in South Africa last winter, Elwiss was wonderfully consistent after being entrusted with the new ball.
Her wickets cost just 14.83 runs apiece and in 46 overs the Wolverhampton-born bowler went for fewer than two runs per-over, including a miserly 14 maidens.
For Elwiss, it has proved a coming of age series.
"I’ve been given the opportunity to open the bowling and I've taken it which is amazing because you don’t get many chances to do that at international level," she told Lords.org.
"I’m still pinching myself, it has been such a team effort over the whole series and to be picked as a standout is great."
For world champions England the series win will be made all the more pleasing considering their awful start, where defeat at Lord's was followed up by a 14-run loss in Taunton.
That put a level of pressure on Charlotte Edwards' side which had been rare over the last 12-months, as they lost just one match - to Australia, also at Lord's.
"We had to play every match as if it was a final having gone 2-0 down so to put in such a strong performance; we we’re happy with that," added Elwiss.
"It has put us under pressure and made us test our skills under pressure which is great with the two world cup’s coming up."
England face Pakistan and the West Indies in seven T20 internationals in September, ahead of their attempt to win back the ICC World T20 title they won in 2009 but lost a year later in the West Indies.
That is followed by the defence of their ICC World Cup title in India next March.