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Gunn has whitewashes in her sights

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Jenny Gunn

Jenny Gunn says England women have their eyes on an unbeaten tour after taking a 3-0 lead in the Twenty20 series

Jenny Gunn insists England women are not content with just winning the Twenty20 series against New Zealand and have set themselves the challenge of completing a perfect tour.

England took an unassailable lead in the five-match series when they edged to a tense 10-run win at Eden Park in Auckland today.

However, Gunn says the tourists have loftier ambitions as they look ahead to the two remaining Twenty20s and three-match one-day international series.

"Winning the series is a great feeling but we want a whitewash," Gunn told ecb.co.uk.

"Lottie [Charlotte Edwards] said the target at the start of the tour was to win every game against New Zealand. We want to finish 8-0."

England's latest victory was the toughest of their three triumphs so far.

Seemingly down and out when they slumped to 14 for four in the third over, the tourists recovered to 108 for six thanks to two contrasting partnerships.

Lydia Greenway and Tammy Beaumont started the rebuilding process with a patient 46-run stand in just over 10 overs before Gunn, who top-scored with 30 not out, and Susie Rowe pressed on the accelerator with 44 runs from the final 35 balls of the innings.

"We bat all the way down so we didn't panic after losing those early wickets," said Gunn.

"Lyds and Tammy got us back on track. They picked up ones and twos which was just what we needed. It meant Susie and I could go big at the end.

"Susie and I are both quite quick between the wickets. We knew that if we got the ball into the outfield then we could put pressure on their fielders and pick up twos. We also knew we had wickets in hand.

Danni Hazell & Katie Perkins

Danni Hazell celebrates one of the seven wickets she has taken during the T20 series, which England wrapped up at Eden Park

"I spoke to Lottie before I went out and she said anything over 100 would be a bonus. They have not batted well this series so we knew they would be under pressure."

And so it proved. Despite getting off to a good start, New Zealand folded as England's bowlers exerted pressure during the middle overs.

With the required run-rate rising, the White Ferns were 19 runs adrift with seven balls remaining when the heavens opened and forced an end to the game. After Duckworth-Lewis was consulted, it emerged the tourists had won by 10 runs.

Seamer Anya Shrubsole and off-spinner Danni Hazell, who have taken 15 wickets between them so far this series, impressed once again for England.

"Annie is bowling amazingly well at the moment," said Gunn.

"She's pretty quick too. She clocked 120kph the other day - that's exciting to see. I can't wait for the one-dayers so I can stand at slip to her and hopefully get a few catches.

"Danni is bowling really well too. She has almost gone unnoticed, which is rare for a loud northerner."

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