The Army women's cricket team is hoping to tempt more female soldiers to give the game a try, with the sport enjoying greater coverage due to 'Ashes fever'.

The England women's cricket team has just drawn its series with Australia, with the men's series getting underway early on Thursday morning.

The Army side, meanwhile, has been enjoying a training session with county outfit Northamptonshire, as the players look towards next term.

The Northamptonshire women's cricket squad, known as the 'Steel-ettos', has forged strong links with the military in recent seasons.

Army women's cricket team, training session with Northants

Current Army skipper Corporal Katie Fryer plays for Northants and she's been instrumental in developing the relationship.

She's hoping future sessions will include all members of the forces and not just the Army:

"It's been a really worthwhile day.

"Hopefully we can do another day where they [the Northants players] can come down and... collaborate as well with the Navy and the RAF... It's about ladies' cricket, it's not about the divides between the RAF, Navy and the Army."

"It's about bringing on everyone and making the Inter-Services a really competitive tournament."

The game doesn't enjoy the same levels of participation at forces level as other sports such as netball, football and rugby. But it's hoped that could change.

Army women's cricket team, training session with Northants

Despite missing out on the Ashes, the England women enjoyed notable victories this year.

And it's hoped that this success will encourage servicewomen to give the sport a try.

Army stalwart and UK Armed Forces player-manager Colonel Ros Brown says her teammates will come away from this session better players:

"It's an opportunity to get a good mass of people training, which makes the training more effective... It's good all round really."

The Northants women were delighted to be involved and test their skills against the forces bowlers. The county side's captain, Patricia Hankins, said:

"It's really good. We love to get involved in all these sorts of days. Anything that can develop our game is brilliant.

"Sometimes we need other bowlers to bowl at so we can test our skills and feel like it's a game... So it's a fantastic day for us."

The English summer can't arrive soon enough as the Army players will look to utilise their improved skills with bat and ball next season.

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