England and West Indies are set for a five-T20I series
England take on West Indies in the first of five T20Is on Saturday in Durham.
The series will serve as ideal preparation for the teams ahead of the Women's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
England's defeat to West Indies ended their hopes of retaining their WT20 crown - won at home in 2009 - at the following tournament in the Caribbean in 2010.
England spin bowler Holly Colvin is expecting a hard-fought series, beginning in the north east at the weekend. "They've beaten us in the past and we've beaten them in tournaments so I reckon it's going to be a toughly-contested series and they're definitely not a side to underestimate," she told ecb.co.uk.
The visitors have the potential to beat any opponent on their day with two of the most explosive batsmen in the format at their disposal, as Colvin notes. "They've got a good opening batter in Stafanie Taylor. She's done some serious innings for them in the past. They've also got big-hitting Deandra Dottin, who I think got one of the fastest hundreds in T20 records (Dottin became the first woman to hit a T20 century when she reached three figures from just 38 balls in the 2010 WT20 against South Africa), so they're two key players for them."
At the conclusion of the series - at Arundel on September 16 - both teams can then start to train all of their focus on the WT20.
Colvin is looking forward to the prospect of her slow left-armers taking effect in what she hopes will be spin-friendly conditions. "Going back to Sri Lanka, where I haven't been since 2004, will be a great experience," she said. "Playing in the sub-continent as a spinner - I can't wait to get onto some dusty pitches compared to green seamers in England."