Ireland's Elena Tice looks to get preparation ahead of Full Member visits in the summer
Ireland's Elena Tice is currently at the ICC European Women's Academy, following a groundbreaking 2011; she became the second youngest cricketer ever to play in an official ODI or Twenty20 International at the age of 13.
Making her debut aged 13 years and 272 days at the ICC European Women's Championships in Netherlands at the Twenty20 match at Kampong in Utrecht on August 15, and the ODI at the same venue two days later it was a great feat. "My debut at 13 was almost surreal. I never imagined it would happen, but my parents have been amazing and supported me all the way. I don't think I have ever been prone to feeling pressure, but obviously I do get nervous playing as I always want to prove myself," says Tice.
Since the breakthrough into the team it has been a challenge for Tice to balance both school and cricket. "Balancing both school and cricket can be challenging at times, however as long as I stay organised it tends to run smoothly. The hardest thing is just making sure I get the sleep and rest I need, so I can perform at both the best I can," explains Tice.
Tice currently at the ICC European Women's Academy is looking to focus on a couple of areas, "I'm keen to work on my consistency when bowling and to build confidence in my batting. Also, after the winter, the weather will be a bonus too," says Tice.
There are lots of exciting opportunities for Irish Women's cricket this summer which Tice is looking to capatilise on, "This season is going to be really exciting. We are playing England and India in June and Pakistan and Bangladesh are coming to Ireland in August as well. It is going to be massive for the team.
"This season for me is just about working on bowling consistently well and I hope to add variation into my game," concluded Tice.