England netball captain Pamela Cookey admits the significance of receiving her 100th cap is not lost on her as she gears up for the opening match of the three-Test series against Trinidad and Tobago.
The 30-year-old is just two games away from the milestone, with England playing their first match in Bath on Wednesday before further games in London and Liverpool on Friday and Monday respectively.
Cookey missed last summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where England finished fourth after suffering an Achilles injury last season.
Injury also robbed her of the chance of competing at the 2002 Commonwealth Games although she picked up consecutive bronze medals in 2006 and 2010.
She is in line to join a select group to have made 100 appearances for England with Kendra Slawinski the record holder with 128.
Cookey and the team, led for the first time by new head coach Tracey Neville, are using the forthcoming series as their final warm-up games before this summer’s World Cup in Australia and the Surrey Storm goal attack admits it could prove to be a special few days for her personally.
"It will mean so much to me after all the hard work I've put in," she said.
"It's also a thank you to my family and friends, for the sacrifices they've made for me.
“We need to step up and work for Tracey. It's always tough against international opposition so it will mean a lot for us to win this series.
"It will put us in good stead when we head off to Australia. We'll be in a fighting position ready to take on the world's best."
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