Georgia Elwiss earns a central contract with England

Wolverhampton’s Georgia Elwiss has been handed a new central contract by the England & Wales Cricket Board for 2021-22.

England's Georgia Elwiss celebrates
England's Georgia Elwiss celebrates

The former Wolverhampton Girls’ High School pupil has been a regular member of the England Women’s squad since making her one day international debut in 2011 and her Test debut four years later.

Elwiss’s former Staffordshire team-mate Danni Wyatt has also been handed a fresh central contract.

Meanwhile, Sophia Dunkley has been awarded her first central contract for 2021-22. The South East Stars all-rounder made her England debut at the Twenty20 World Cup in 2018 and has scored a domestic century already this season. In all, 17 women’s central contracts have been awarded.

The women’s team will begin the summer with their first Test match against India in more than seven years, followed by six white-ball games against India before New Zealand arrive for three T20s and five one-day internationals.

This year will also be the first full domestic summer since the England and Wales Cricket Board decided to offer professional deals to 41 players as part of regional hubs to boost competition for places at the top level.

Director of England Women’s cricket, Jonathan Finch, said: “We’re pleased to confirm a strong group of centrally contracted England Women’s cricketers ahead of a really exciting two years for Lisa (Keightley), Heather and the team.

“The central contracts, along with the roll out of professional women’s domestic contracts, provide a fantastic opportunity to develop a larger pool of players pushing for selection and help strive for success on the field for England Women.

“We’ve continued to work closely with the England Women’s Player Partnership (EWPP) and the PCA to establish a comprehensive and objective process that underpins the awarding of central contracts.

“We will keep working in collaboration for the benefit of the players as we continue to grow and develop the professional women’s game.”

The contracts run from May 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022 to align with the professional deals at the eight regional sides.

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