Sunday best for Colvin

Holly Colvin says she was shocked to have won the UK Sport Young Sportswoman of the Year at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards.

The left-arm spinner, who is currently on tour with England in the Caribbean, pipped Olympic swimmer Francesca Halsall and Great Britain cyclist Elizabeth Armitstead to win the prestigious award.

Colvin enjoyed a wonderful year which saw her lift the World Cup and World Twenty20 as well as retain the Ashes. To add to the glittering array of awards, the 20-year-old is also the number one ranked bowler in one-day cricket.

"I'm really pleased," Colvin told ecb.co.uk. "I'm very surprised - it's quite an honour. I just did not expect it."

England won the Team of the Year but star batter Claire Taylor lost out in the main category, the Sportswoman of the Year, to world record ironwoman Chrissie Wellington.

"The team had such a successful year that I always thought they would take the plaudits. The team played brilliantly and to be part of that was great. It was a great environment to perform in.

"The decision to take a year off from university was worth it. All the hard work has paid off.

"It was a last minute decision. I had applied to go to university but decided that it would be a year I didn't want to miss. It's the best year I've had. I've learned so much, not just in terms of cricket but off the field too."

Holly Colvin

Holly Colvin celebrates taking another wicket in the one-day series against Australia - England triumphed 4-0

Learning is at the top of Colvin's agenda at present. Not content with just doing her studies at Durham University where she recently started a three-year course in Natural Sciences, she is keen to continue her cricket education under the careful gaze of coach Mark Lane and his assistant Jack Birkenshaw.

"I've played 50 games for England - that's incredible - but I still have a lot to learn," she added. "I want to be more consistent, learn new deliveries, learn different approaches to different batsmen.

"I have lots of goals that I still want to achieve. I want to retain the World Twenty20 in May - that's the main aim for the team. We also have a four year plan to retain the World Cup in 2013. On a personal level, I want to retain my number one place, take an international 'five-for' and move up the batting order.

"People are on my heels in the rankings. It's going to tough ask to stay there. I'm going to put that ranking to one side though and just concentrate on my game."

Colvin has struck up a highly-profitable partnership with off-spinner Laura Marsh with the pair regularly working in tandem during the middle overs, taking wickets and restricting the run-rate.

"Our partnership works really well," said Colvin. "It's surprising how quickly we have gelled as she has not been bowling spin for long. We bowl together for Sussex and England and it's always great to see her success at the other end of the pitch."

Colvin and Marsh are currently in St Kitts for three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games against a West Indies side who are on the rise.

England landed on Saturday evening and have thrown themselves into a vigorous training schedule ahead of the first game on Wednesday.

"We've been training really hard and everyone is doing really well," said Colvin. "It has been really hard but we are making the most of being outside. It's a lovely county and the ground is beautiful - I can't wait for tomorrow's game. It's been ages since we last played together.

"West Indies are improving as a side. They are coming into the series off some wins against South Africa, so they will have some momentum. We will not underestimate them."