England arrive for 3-Test netball series
Anna Mayes, the England netball team coach, said the Sunshine Girls should expect a tough series, as they seek to avenge their defeat at last year's Commonwealth Games.
"We are really looking forward to the series against the Sunshine Girls. It is always a hotly contested rivalry between us. We need to right some wrongs coming from the Commonwealth Games, so we are going to make it tough for the Jamaicans," Mayes said.
A full-strength England squad arrived at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay yesterday to take part in the series, which is scheduled to begin on January 10. The second and third Tests will be played on January 11 and 13, respectively. All the matches are set for the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston.
Mayes told The Gleaner that they have analysed footage of their loss in the Commonwealth Games and are looking to bounce back against the Sunshine Girls across the three Tests.
"It's a full-strength squad here; we are looking to do something special against the Sunshine Girls, who have some good players also. I am expecting a tough series, and we are hoping for the best," she said.
"We are missing one or two players, but the younger ones are coming through nicely, and we will be using this to get as much out of these emerging players as possible," she added.
"We have no predictions for the series, but we want to play good netball and, hopefully, do better than our hosts," said Mayes.
The Sunshine Girls will also have a strong squad, as top shooter Romelda Aiken is here and has already began training with the Sunshine Girls.