Raw emotion in T20 World Cup doco: Lanning

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Meg Lanning hopes a new documentary on Australia's Twenty20 World Cup triumph offers fans an insight into the weight of expectation, self-doubt and nervousness that preceded a history-making night for women's sport.

Amazon Prime on Friday will release The Record, made up of two hour-long episodes.

The production focuses on last year's T20 World Cup, which culminated in Australia's squad dancing alongside pop star Katy Perry after defeating India in an MCG final that was attended by 86,174 fans.

There are fewer fly-on-the wall scenes compared to The Test, which followed Justin Langer's team, but the honesty of captain Lanning, coach Matthew Mott and players ensures it is a thorough and at-times revelatory snapshot.

Australia's underwhelming start to the group stage, their semi-final triumph that almost didn't happen because of wet weather, and Ellyse Perry's injury-marred tournament are among the topics covered in an open and frank way.

Lanning, who watched the final cut alongside vice-captain Rachael Haynes before it was released, didn't ask for any scenes to be amended or dropped.

"I was very happy with how it turned out. The crew did a great job," Lanning told AAP.

"They were able to be pretty respectful of us having a job to do, but still able to capture the raw emotion.

"They were there for the big moments, without getting in the way as such."

Lanning added the episodes were "special to watch" and show "what happens on the outside is often very different to what is happening inside".

"You'll see we were a bit nervous and probably didn't handle it as well early on in the tournament," she said.

"We wanted to be in the final as much as everyone else wanted us to be in ... we were also aware of how difficult it was going to be."

Star keeper-batter Alyssa Healy paints a vivid picture throughout both episodes, such as her astonishment at Nicola Carey batting above Perry in a pool game.

"I questioned it," she said in The Record.

"I was swearing at the time, saying 'what are we doing?'".

Perry was held back in that match because she was carrying an injury.

The honesty of Healy's opening partner Beth Mooney, who was named player of the tournament, is also elite.

Especially regarding the persistent rain that looked certain to ruin Australia's semi-final at the SCG, which would have meant South Africa advanced to the final.

"I just thought we're f***ed, there's no way," Mooney said in the second episode, also opening up about her self-doubt in a prolific tournament.

Healy revealed she sent Sydney Sixers teammate and South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk a congratulatory message before the semi-final, having accepted that showers would ensure that play wasn't possible.

A meeting in 2016, when the idea of trying to attract a record-breaking crowd for a women's sporting fixture to the MCG was first pitched but received a "lukewarm" reception from Lanning's team, sets the scene.

Lanning concedes in the documentary she "wasn't sure it was possible, it was so far ahead of what had been achieved before".