All work and no play

Two weeks in St Kitts sounds like paradise but Jenny Gunn says she and her England team-mates will not have time to slap on the suncream and sip rum punch.

England arrived in the Caribbean on Saturday evening for a fortnight-long tour which will see them play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s.

But there will be little chance of any downtime between the games as coach Mark Lane and strength and conditioning expert Ian Crump have devised a punishing training schedule to put the players through.

"We are doing two sessions a day," Gunn told ecb.co.uk.

"We are training and netting when there are no games on, so it's pretty full on, especially in the heat. It's humid - that really gets to you - but I'd rather be here than in England.

"None of us have been here before so it's always exciting to go somewhere for the first time. What better place to go than the West Indies?

"You still get a buzz when you go away on tour. We have not been together for a while. The banter is going already."

The main purpose of England's visit is to experience cricket in the Caribbean ahead of next May's ICC World Twenty20.

Jenny Gunn

Jenny Gunn says the absence of the two Taylors means she will get the chance to show off her batting talents

With none of the England team accustomed to West Indian wickets, it was felt a tour prior to the tournament would be hugely beneficial ahead of their title defence.

"We are here to win games but it is a training tour really," said Gunn. "We are here to get used to the conditions ahead of the World Twenty20 next year. Hopefully we will learn a lot by being here.

"Jack Birkenshaw [assistant coach] was saying how quick the wickets used to be when he played here. The pitches are different now. We netted this morning and they were slow, low and turned quite a lot. We will have to get used to that.

"The West Indies can surprise you. They are quite inconsistent. We know we are going to have to play our best cricket to beat them. We are very confident at the moment after the year we have had and we will take that into the matches.

"We can play better - it's really exciting to think that. I was watching the nets earlier and we look like a team of batters. You could watch us bat in the nets and not know what the order is."

For Gunn, who is recovering from an elbow injury, these next two weeks are a chance to get through some overs in the nets and work on her batting in the middle.

With world number one batsman Claire Taylor and young star Sarah Taylor recharging their batteries in England, all the batsmen, Gunn included, should get the opportunity to get some match practice in.

"I'm looking forward to getting a chance to bat," she said. "It will be good to get the chance to show what we can do.

"I'm coming back from injury. I bowled a bit this morning off a short run. I'm just trying to get my action back. It's quite frustrating as I want to bowl more. There is no rush though so I need to be patient."