Marsh excited by New Zealand test

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Laura Marsh said the forthcoming tour of New Zealand rekindled fond memories

Laura Marsh is looking forward to tackling a familiar foe when England women travel to New Zealand.

Marsh was involved in the side that claimed a one-day double three years ago, with England being crowned world champions in the 50- and 20-over formats.

Both of those successes came by virtue of victory over the White Ferns in the final and, ahead of the upcoming series between the sides, Marsh reflected on happy memories.

“We’ve had some really great battles with them in the past - notably two World Cup finals which we have come out on top of,” Marsh told ecb.co.uk.

“The 50-over final stands out to me - it was the best day of my life. None of us had played in a World Cup final before and it was a very pressurised situation, but luckily we came out on top.

“I think that is massive for us moving forward because we go into World Cups having won.

Laura Marsh

All-rounder Laura Marsh will be remembering the "best day of her life" when England and New Zealand battle it out later this month

"We know how to do that which is a huge advantage for us.”

Marsh, an off-spinning all-rounder, makes the trip to the Antipodes as England look to build some momentum ahead of an action-packed 18 months.

The series - consisting of five Twenty20s and three one-day internationals - heralds a busy period as Charlotte Edwards’ team prepare for the ICC World T20, which begins in September, and next year’s World Cup.

“The next 18 months is packed full of cricket,” added Marsh.

“Obviously we have the two major ICC tournaments and we want to be successful in those so the cricket leading up to them is very important.”

England will be particularly keen to impress in the 20-over event following their early elimination in the 2010 edition.

Reflecting on that disappointment, Marsh said: “We went into that World Cup and were not consistent enough and at the top of our game.

“I think now people know their roles slightly better in the side and everybody's more confident.

"The brand of cricket we played in 2011 has set the standard.”

The process of building towards the aforementioned major events starts later this month and Marsh is under no illusions about the challenge ahead.

“It (the tour of New Zealand) is going to be really difficult,” she admitted.

“They are a great side and we are playing in some great grounds out there and hopefully there will be some big crowds in, so there will be lots of pressure and we’re looking forward to it.

“The teams are well matched, they have got some world-class players as have we and it is going to be a closely fought series.”