This month we caught up with England All Rounder Georgia Elwiss on a swift visit back to England, before she heads back to Australia to play in the Women’s Big Bash for Melbourne Stars. After one of the most memorable years in women’s cricket, Georgia gives us insight into what it was like to win the World Cup, and how the team have reflected on their recent Ashes Campaign in Australia.
- Firstly, and rewinding back to the summer, how was the whole experience of playing in a home world cup, and not to mention going on to win it?!
It was such a fantastic tournament for so many different reasons. To be playing in a World Cup, at home, and in front of such great crowds was a really wonderful experience. I’ve been involved in many moments where we have created history but to see the amount of young girls coming to watch who we are inspiring was something really special.
- It must have been tough not getting a game, but for the young girls reading this who may be a similar position one day, how did you approach the tournament?
It was tough, but at the same time I knew that I could play a part off the field too. My attitude was to train as hard as I could and be in the best position if I was to play, but also not to forget how I could give to the team off the field in discussions involving tactics, in keeping morale high and doing anything I needed for the team to function. Running the drinks can actually be a really demanding job too!
- You got your chance during the recent Ashes series, and played a vital role in the Test Match draw with a brilliant partnership with captain Heather Knight, how did you prepare for playing the longer format of the game?
I think preparations are similar in terms of your technique and your game – you just have to be more watchful. We always spoke about keeping intent to score and playing positive cricket. This test match was slightly different as it was a day night test match played with a pink ball which was a new experience for everybody and the ball tended to swing more under lights. It was great to bat with Heather – I always enjoy batting with her, she’s very calm and relaxed and an absolute fighter.
- How did the team feel after the Ashes having not been able to get their hands back on the urn?
We were disappointed obviously, but recognised that we hadn’t played good enough cricket at the beginning of the series. To be able to draw an Ashes series in Australia 8-8 though is something that we are very proud of and we can take a lot of positives from the t20 series especially with the t20 world cup coming up next year.
5. What’s your favourite format to play in and why?
I love playing test cricket because it’s the ultimate test of your skills. I wish we played more and hopefully one day we can. I think because the game is so finely poised for a lot of the time and it ebbs and flows – you’re never really out of it.
Now for a few fun questions about your team mates!!! Quick fire round:
Best dancer? Nat Sciver
Best singer? Katherine Brunt
Worst singer? Jenny Gunn
Who takes the longest to get ready on a night out? Danielle Wyatt
Most superstitious? Definitely the coaches. Tammy Beaumont
The three team mates you are most likely to be seen having dinner with? Jenny Gunn, Danni Wyatt and Natho (Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver combined)
Thanks to Georgia for her time, and we wish her all the best of luck out in the Women’s Big Bash League, Australia!