Elyse Villani has been given the license to be Elyse Villani, and the Australian batter couldn’t be happier.
Once seen as a specialist opener, the powerful right-hander is now more often found in the middle-order as an experienced player capable of taking the game on, no matter the situation and exemplifying the ‘fearless’ mantra the world’s No.1 ranked team are determined to live by.
Before joining her teammates in Brisbane for a pre-Ashes camp last month, she said, “"I’ve had plenty of discussions with Motty and he sees me as attacking batter and that's something that I'm comfortable doing, so there's no use in trying to bat any differently. I'm better off batting to my strengths and trying to make that as strong as possible.”
While she prepares for Australia’s upcoming Ashes campaign in England, focused Villani said, “Making sure I'm starting well at the crease and looking to remain really positive and aggressive from ball one, so it’s been more of a focus on my mindset and how I go about batting."