The Army Women’s cricket team are preparing for a historic tour of Japan before their Inter Services season begins.
The highlight of the tour is a fixture against the Japanese Women’s National side.
The trip to Japan will be the Army Women’s first ever visit to the country, which has played cricket since the 1860s.
The very first match in Japan featured a crew of Royal Navy players.
Before the trip, the Army have been doing their homework where they can, according to Captain Lauren Harden.
She said: “We have done a bit of YouTubing and they actually played in the Asia Cup. There is quite a wide variety of standards in the different team.
“Some are quite experienced cricketing nations in Asia, but others are not so much.
“It’s limited research but we are prepared enough I think.”
“They are organising a lot of the fixtures for us and we’ll be able to test out some of our newer players as well.
“We are not sure what the standard will be like yet and whether we will have to put out our best team every time.”
For the team’s head coach, Captain Dan Wall, the trip is an opportunity to build for the future.
He said: “It’s a great opportunity to develop not only military cricket and do a bit of engagement, but also taking the ECB ethos forward and putting women’s cricket on the map wider afield.
“I’d love to see them reciprocate it. I’m not saying a bi-annual fixture or anything, but give them a chance to come over here.
“They could play against local county teams or the military teams and it would help them develop as players. Also, it would develop some standing relationships with these players.”