By Dan Cancian For Daily Mail Australia
The advent of Pat Cummins’ reign as Australia’s Test captain is the focus of the second season of The Test, Amazon’s behind-the-scenes documentary on the Aussie cricket team.
The four-part second season will be available on Amazon’s Prime Video from early next year and encompasses a 4-0 hammering of England that saw Australia retain the Ashes last summer.
The series also delves in a narrow win during Australia’s first Test series in Pakistan for 24 years and a difficult Test series in crisis-torn Sri Lanka.
Australia’s triumph in The Ashes features prominently in the second series of The Test
All of the above takes place at ‘a tumultuous time for leadership on the Australian men’s cricket team’, set against the backdrop of Tim Paine’s resignation as captain and Justin Langer’s acrimonious departure.
A trailer released on Tuesday by Amazon Prime Video opens up with a clip narrated by Mitchell Marsh.
‘We don’t own the Baggy Green,’ he says.
‘We understand the privilege we have to wear the Baggy Green.’
The trailer includes footage of Travis Head slamming his bat in the locker room after being dismissed in Galle, while David Warner angrily slams a fridge door in the same Test.
Australia won the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets, but suffered a calamitous innings defeat in the second match at the same venue.
Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon describes one of the Tests against Pakistan as ‘the worst I’ve ever been involved in’.
High-scoring draws in Rawalpindi and Karachi – where Pakistan batted 171 overs to save the match – were followed by a 115-run win in Lahore, as Australia won a Test series in Asia for the first time in 11 years.
The trailer shows Travis Head slamming his bat against the wall in anger in Sri Lanka
David Warner can be seen slamming a fridge in frustration during a Test in Galle
Nathan Lyon (right) describes a Test in Pakistan as the worst he’s been a part of
The drubbing of England in the Ashes also features prominently and the trailer released on Tuesday shows Mitchell Starc bowling Rory Burns with the first ball of the series.
The short clip also includes Travis Head scoring a century off 85 balls at The Gabba and Scott Boland taking an astonishing six wickets for just seven runs on his debut in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test.
Usman Khuwaja, meanwhile, describes the challenges of playing for Australia and can be seen celebrating his back-to-back centuries at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the fourth Test.
Lyon is again given the role of chief cheerleader as the Aussies toast their Ashes triumph by drinking beer from the glass urn that’s now given to the winners as the trophy.
Mitchell Starc (left) got Australia’s Ashes defence off to the perfect start in Brisbane
Starc removed Rory Burns with the first ball of the series at the Gabba
The celebrations after the 4-0 drubbing of England in the Ashes feature prominently
Marsh also closes the narration in the trailer, underlining the theme of the second season.
‘We have a direction we want to go,’ he says.
‘Like, this is Pat’s [Cummins] team. And this is our team.’
Langer and Paine, who both featured prominently in the first series of The Test, are conspicuous by their absence in the second season.
Tim Paine resigned from his role as Australia’s Test captain in November last year
New skipper Pat Cummins led the Aussies to a win in Pakistan in their first series in the country for 24 years in March
Langer coached Australia T20 World Cup glory and to Ashes glory only to resign less than a month after Australia had retained the urn.
The former Australian opener left his role in February after he was not offered the long-term deal he wanted, with Cricket Australia offering a contract to keep in charge only until the end of the 2022 T20 World Cup.
His position had been subject of debate since the summer of 2021, when Australia lost a Test series at home against India and reports of discontent with his methods began to surface.
Speaking to NewsCorp, Langer’s agent James Henderson said the former Australia coach had chosen not to add his voice to the second series of The Test.
Justin Langer resigned from his role as Australia’s head coach in February
Some of Australia’s players were reportedly growing unhappy with Langer’s ‘intensity’
‘We understood that this documentary was very much about the players and their stories,’ he said. ‘On that basis, it was an easy decision for Justin to respect that and not be involved.’
Paine, meanwhile, stepped down from his role as captain in November last year after a sexting scandal from 2017 with one-time Cricket Tasmania employee Renee Ferguson became public.
Prime Video Australia head of content Tyler Bern said ‘commissioning a second season was an obvious choice’ after the success of the first eight-episode series, which charted the reshaping of Australia’s Test team after the ball-tampering scandal.
Richard Ostroff, head of broadcast and production at Cricket Australia added: ‘After the success of season one, we knew the bar was set high. […] Throughout the ups and downs of the past 12 months, the players demonstrated outstanding leadership and devotion to doing our country proud.’
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