Gunn stunned by new role

New England vice-captain Jenny Gunn chatted to ECB about her appointment

Jenny Gunn admitted she was lost for words when England women's coach Mark Lane told her she had been appointed vice-captain.

The all-rounder, a veteran of 78 one-day internationals despite being just 24 years old, will assume the role vacated by Nicky Shaw for the summer series against New Zealand.

England, pride wounded from an early exit at the World Twenty20, hope to get back to winning ways against the White Ferns over three Twenty20 matches and five one-dayers starting on June 29.

"It was a little bit of a shock but it's always going to be a proud moment," Gunn told ECBtv.

Jenny Gunn & Britney Cooper

England all-rounder Jenny Gunn, here celebrating Britney Cooper's wicket in the ICC World Twenty20, was appointed vice-captain ahead of the summer series with New Zealand

"Everyone dreams of being captain so it's one step, not that I am taking it [the captaincy] away from Lottie [Charlotte Edwards], but it's a special moment for me.

"It was Mark Lane who rang me saying I got selected for the summer tour but he said there was something else. I got a bit scared that I had done something bad but he told me I was vice-captain which left me speechless. It's still growing on me but hopefully it's something I can do really well."

Gunn is hoping the new role will be the next phase in her England career which started in 2004.

Since then she has pulled on the three lions more than 100 times in all formats and Gunn realises it might be time to step up another level, if not in her performances then certainly in her approach.

"I never thought I would do it [be vice-captain]." she conceded. "I am growing up so I need to get a bit more serious. It's a good challenge for me.

"I've played quite a lot for England so hopefully I should have a lot of experience especially for the new ones coming into the team. I am a laid back character, if anyone wants to talk they can come to me.

"It's scary that at 24 I'm classed as a senior player."

England women

England endured a tough time at the World Twenty20 but have a chance to reaffirm their class when they face New Zealand this summer in three T20s and five ODIs

England know all about New Zealand having beaten them in two World Cup finals last year - narrowly in Sydney last March to take to 50-over crown, then convincingly at Lord's three months later to win the Twenty20 version.

England's defence of the latter title did not go to plan in the Caribbean but spare a thought for New Zealand who, having reached their third consecutive final, lost to Australia by three runs chasing just 107 for victory.

"It's going to be really testing," said Gunn as she considered the task ahead.

"The Kiwis, after losing three finals in a row, they are going to be after us, especially as we beat them in two. They will want to get one over us but we have a point to prove.

"It [the World Twenty20] was a massive disappointment. Probably the most frustrating thing was we bowled and fielded awesomely, best I have seen us, but could not finish it off with the bat.

"Everyone just wants to summer to come now."