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“You never want to get an England cap by default, you want to really earn it”

Like all of us emerging from what seems like the longest of winters, Georgia Elwiss is feeling the heat – and loving it.

After three rounds of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, competition for places in the England squads ahead of home series against India and New Zealand in September, was keen. Before Saturday’s fourth round, the 17-strong squad for next week’s Test against India in Bristol had been trimmed to 15, with legspinner Sarah Glenn and seamer Freya Davies returning to their domestic teams.

Elwiss, the allrounder who is hoping to add to her career tally of three Test when the final XI is decided, has “one hundred percent” noticed an increase in the quality of matches – and therefore the number of players pressing for selection – since the introduction of full-time domestic contracts this season for players outside the ECB’s centrally contracted list.

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