Guthrie captains England tonight

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The 28-year-old, who played a star role in the Roses’ historic gold medal-winning campaign at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, will lead her nation out at the Echo Arena in Liverpool tonight after being handed the armband for their three-match Test Series against Uganda.

But the Team Bath mid-courter refuses to dwell on the accolade.

‘It’s always an honour to play for England, and to be picked as captain for the Test series is a proud moment,’ said the Islander, who played one match for Jersey club Team Jets during a break from professional commitments in 2015.

‘But nothing really changes for me in terms of how I am and how I will play. I’m just the same Serena.

‘It’s going to take all 12 of us to get over the line against Uganda. They’re a good team and when we played them during the Commonwealth Games there wasn’t even a ten-goal margin. We’re definitely in for a tough series.’

Guthrie and Co beat Uganda 55-49 during the group stages of Gold Coast 2018, and went on to become the first country other than New Zealand or Australia to appear on the top step of the podium at a Commonwealth Games.

Following tonight’s match, which is being shown live on Sky Sports [7 pm start], the series moves to the Copper Box Arena in London for the second and third Tests, on Friday and Sunday.

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