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Jenny Gunn says England can confirm their status as number one on the tour of New Zealand

England women not only want to preserve their top one-day international ranking in New Zealand, they want to extend their lead according to Jenny Gunn.

Charlotte Edwards’ side are set to play three ODIs against the White Ferns from March 1 after four Twenty20 internationals versus the same opponents.

England, joint fifth in the last T20 rankings, have work to do in the shortest form - and Gunn is keen they put on a good show in New Zealand.

“They’re one of the strongest teams in the world,” she told ecb.co.uk. “Especially in their back yard, they’re going to be a decent team to beat. So we’re looking to go and win and put it on the map that we’re still number one.”

England’s first of three warm-up games is tomorrow - a 50-over match versus New Zealand’s emerging players at Lincoln University.

With two T20s against the same opposition to follow, the tourists will be well prepared for the senior side.

Jenny Gunn

Gunn told ecb.co.uk: “We want to build on our number one and make teams even further away from us, so it will be an interesting tour.”

“They’ve had a few players retired so a few younger ones have to step up,” Gunn added. “Hopefully against us they’ll have to step up big time because we’ve been improving ourselves.

“We want to build on our number one and make teams even further away from us, so it will be an interesting tour.”

Gunn has fond memories of her first trip to New Zealand when England came from behind to win the one-dayers 3-1.

“It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it was four years ago. It’s still quite close to me how well we won out there as well,” she said before recalling the series-levelling win.

“I think we lost only one wicket chasing 250. It just shows our batting was good then and it’s improved now so we’re looking forward to going out there and scoring big runs again.”

Another victorious tour this time will kick-start a year and a half that features the Women’s World Twenty20 and 50-over showpiece.

“It’s a massive 18 months with the Twenty20 World Cup coming up and the 50-over World Cup. Every game’s going to count so we’ve got to try and win as many games as possible,” Gunn insisted.