Details revealed as Australian men’s doco test returns

Preview: First look at “The Test Season Two”

The transition from the Tim Paine and Justin Langer era and the overhaul of Australia’s Test squad under Pat Cummins are the focus of the upcoming second season of ‘The Test’ documentary.

To launch in early 2023 again exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Video, the four-part second season will take viewers into the inner sanctum of the Australian men’s Test team since Paine’s resignation, the Ashes series victory, the release of Langer and the tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. .

In a preview released today to coincide with Prime Video’s showcase event, Travis Head throws his bat into Galle’s locker room at the most discerning of moments, while David Warner and Nathan Lyon are both shown batting make explosions in the locker room.

Warner is shown slamming a fridge door, swearing then throwing a bottle of water he has just picked up against a wall, also in Galle where both events in a draw series were played, while Lyon, in a Pakistani dressing room, says the unidentified match in progress is “the worst I have ever been involved in”.

The Tests at Rawalpindi and Karachi were draws, with the Karachi Test particularly frustrating for the Aussies after taking a huge first-leg lead and then setting a goal of 506 and then saw Pakistan bat 171 overs to make draw.

The preview opens with narration by Mitchell Marsh, who states, “We don’t own the Baggy Green. We understand the privilege we have of wearing the Baggy Green.”

Most poignantly for a look at the second season’s theme, the trailer’s closing dialogue, also from Marsh, intones, “We’ve got a direction we want to go in. Like, it’s Pat’s team.” . And it’s our crew.”

Former coach Langer played a pivotal role in the first series of The Test, around which the narrative revolved as he followed the rebuilding of the Australian Test squad from the Newlands scandal in 2018 to maintaining the Ashes on English soil in 2019.

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After reports of tension between coach and players during his tenure, Langer resigned in February this year after being offered a short-term contract extension.

Amazon’s ad describes the docuseries as showing “an intimate side of the Australian men’s cricket team as they strive to be the best in the world, in the face of disruptive managerial changes” and “an insight into modern leadership and empowerment at the highest levels of sport”.

Amazon’s Prime Video has yet to confirm an exact launch date or length for each of the four episodes, but it will be available in more than 240 countries and territories around the world “this summer”.

Director Adrian Brown is back for the second season, with co-director in Sheldon Wynne. The docuseries is produced by Amazon Studios in collaboration with Cricket Australia and Whooshka Media.

Prime Video Australia chief content officer Tyler Bern said “ordering a second season was an obvious choice” after the success of the first series.

“(The second season will) give global audiences a glimpse into the transition and growth of the team through the unbeaten Ashes streak, the historic return to Pakistan, the tour of crisis-torn Sri Lanka and a tumultuous time for leadership on the Australian Men’s Cricket Team.”

Richard Ostroff, Head of Broadcast and Production at Cricket Australia, said: “After the success of the first season, we knew the bar was set high. Audiences across the country and around the world showed they were gripped by access to the inner sanctum and the machinations of Australia’s most beloved sports team. Throughout the ups and downs of the past 12 months, the players have shown exceptional leadership and dedication to making our country proud. »

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