It may be chilly and wet here in England, but for Barmy Army members, the beautiful sunshine, beaches and some great cricket action await in the Caribbean.

The England team are already out there, playing some slightly odd warm-up matches (203-19 anyone?) and there are high expectations that we will win this series and build more momentum with a huge home summer of the World Cup and Ashes coming.

Not that anyone will be taking the West Indies lightly. Everyone remembers ECB chairman Colin Graves calling the Windies "mediocre" before the last trip, which was the best team-talk the home side could possibly have had as they forced a 1-1 draw. Last year, they bowled Bangladesh out for just 43, which was good because it meant England no longer had the lowest score of 2018.

Indeed, for all the talk of West Indian decline, England have not won there since 2004, the tour of Hoggard's hat-trick, Harmison's 7-12 as the Windies were 47 all out, and the home side avoiding a whitewash on the flattest pitch ever as Brian Lara made his record-breaking 400 not out.

Whether it's enjoying the noise and atmosphere in the grounds, tasting the rum or having another drink of Red Stripe, this is certainly a tour fans will love, both inside the grounds and out. The players love it too, of course, as we all know; the final Test venue on St Lucia being where England were playing the night of the famous Freddie Flintoff pedalo incident.

Last time was a pretty epic trip for other reasons, with Jimmy Anderson passing Ian Botham's record as England's all-time leading wicket taker in the first Test. Now back in the West Indies as the most prolific quick bowler in Test history, he will be delighted to have a Dukes ball in his hand as he pushes towards the next milestone of 600 scalps.

Each of the venues will offer something different, with Barbados taking us back to the venue where Alex Stewart had perhaps his finest hour, making twin centuries as England inflicted the first West Indies Test defeat at the venue since 1935 - and all that a week after England were bowled out for 46 in Trinidad!

The Antigua Test will be staged in the Sir Vivian Richards stadium, down the road from the old ground in St John's where Brian Lara twice set the world Test record against us and Viv Richards hit what was then the fastest Test century off just 56 balls in 1986.

As for the final Test in the Darren Sammy Stadium, this will be England's first ever Test there. With five days to enjoy rather than one, even Freddie would have to pace his drinking a bit more.

Above all, it's a chance to make this a memorable winter after the success in Sri Lanka. Another series win would send us into the biggest home summer ever in great shape, and with the Aussies floundering with red and white ball alike, this tour could set us up to regain the Ashes in style as well as winning that long-overdue World Cup.