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Women's Ashes doco to air on Seven Network
Two-part documentary to feature a behind-the-scenes look at the Aussie Women's Cricket Team on their successful Ashes campaign in the winter
22 November 2019, 11:44 AM AEST
The inside story of Australia’s quest to bring home the Women’s Ashes will be revealed in a two-part documentary to be aired on the Seven Network starting next week.
Beyond the Boundary follows Meg Lanning’s squad from the start of their campaign in Loughborough to the series finale in Bristol, through what turned out to be their most emphatic victory since the introduction of the points-based Ashes.
The documentary will screen across two one-hour episodes on November 28 and December 5.
Across an epic six-week campaign, Australia stunned their second-ranked Ashes rivals to win all but one match across the three legs of the multi-format series.
It was a campaign filled with highlights; from a nervous start in the opening one-dayer in Leicester where Australia edged home by two wickets, before their cause gained serious momentum in the third when Ellyse Perry’s record ODI figures of 7-22 to roll England for 75 in Canterbury.
The Australians then faced the unique situation of preparing for the one-off Test, a format they play just once every two years; with three players handed their maiden Baggy Greens before Perry struck her second Test century.
Meg Lanning’s record-breaking knock of 135no sealed a series win in Chelmsford, two matches later, they lifted the Ashes trophy once again in Bristol.
Far more goes into a successful Ashes campaign than the highlights seen from the crowd or on television.
Thanks to unprecedented access behind the scenes, Beyond the Boundary will take fans into the dressing rooms, team meetings to explore the inner workings of Lanning’s team.
But more than that, it reveals the unique personalities of the 15 cricketers who make up the world’s best team and paints a bigger story around the rise of the women’s game.
"While travelling with the team across the UK, I had the privilege of witnessing first-hand the transformative effects serious financial investment is having on women in sport," Director Cassie Charlton said.
"The Australian Women’s Cricket Team, led by the brilliant Meg Lanning, are elite athletes who are now given time and resources to do their job to the best of their abilities.
"But it’s not simply money that’s made this happen. This team is a special one … these players strive for perfection.
"This not a team that relies on any single player to deliver a victory. Every player in the squad is uniquely valuable and it’s a philosophy that’s brought them closer together.
"This culture no doubt plays a huge part in their runaway success and is the reason that Australians, and the rest of the world, are starting to wake up and take notice of what they are achieving."
Watch the first episode of Beyond the Boundary on the Seven Network at 9:30pm, November 28.