SERENA GUTHRIE wants England to test their ‘playing culture and processes’ when they take on three of their main Commonwealth Games rivals in the 2022 Quad Series.
The Islander is set to captain the Roses in the four-nation tournament, which begins on Saturday with back-to-back fixtures at the Copper Box Arena in London.
England meet South Africa at 2pm, before world champions New Zealand take on Australia.
Guthrie and Co will then face the Silver Ferns on Sunday afternoon, before tackling the Australians on Tuesday evening.
All four teams will be aiming to reach the Commonwealth Games final in Birmingham this summer, with England targeting a successful defence of the title they won in 2018.
‘It’s really exciting to have three international teams over our side of the world,’ said Guthrie, who has 106 senior international caps to her name.
‘We haven’t played a Quad Series since 2019, so it’s been a while.
‘It will be good to get back out there and practise going game by game each day and playing different styles, which is what you have to do in a Commonwealth Games or a World Cup.’
The tournament precedes the start of the 2022 Vitality Superleague season, which will again feature Guthrie in the blue and gold of Team Bath.
‘This series will be great experience and preparation for the team heading into the domestic league season,’ she added.
‘It’s also a good opportunity for the whole group to see where we’re at against a variety of styles, figure out how quickly we can adapt and to test our playing culture and our processes.’
The Quad Series final and third-fourth play-off are due to take place on Wednesday evening.
All eight fixtures are being shown live on Sky Sportsand also via the network’s YouTube channel.