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The Test: A New Era for Australia's Team

Season 1
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8.92020X-Ray15
The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team, is a docuseries following the Australian Men’s Cricket Team, offering a behind-the-scenes look at how one of the world’s best cricket teams fell from grace and was forced to reclaim their title and integrity.
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SportsDocumentary
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English [CC]العربيةDanskDeutschEspañol (Latinoamérica)Español (España)SuomiFrançaisעבריתहिन्दीIndonesiaItaliano日本語한국어Norsk BokmålNederlandsPolskiPortuguêsРусскийSvenskaதமிழ்తెలుగుไทยTürkçe中文(简体)中文(繁體)
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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  1. 1. A New Beginning
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    March 11 2020
    43min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Dansk, Deutsch, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio Languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    It is Day One for new coach, Justin Langer. Time to reinvigorate and rebuild the Australian national cricket team
  2. 2. Trust in the Plan
    March 12 2020
    47min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Dansk, Deutsch, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio Languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    There is a renewed focus on ‘character over cover drives’ as Justin Langer and the team head to the UAE to face the mercurial Pakistan.
  3. 3. A Test of Character
    March 11 2020
    48min
    12
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Dansk, Deutsch, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio Languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    Australia is put to the test by cricket powerhouse, India, and India's fiercely-competitive captain, Virat Kohli.
  4. 4. White Noise
    March 12 2020
    50min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Dansk, Deutsch, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio Languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    With the series level at 1-1 entering the biggest date on the cricket calendar (the Boxing Day Test), the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is still up for grabs.
  5. 5. Unpredictable
    March 12 2020
    55min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Dansk, Deutsch, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio Languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    Australia head to India for a five-match one-day series, but captain Aaron Finch is in a form slump and must prove to his coach and teammates he has what it takes.
  6. 6. Fearless
    March 12 2020
    59min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Dansk, Deutsch, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description]
    Having served their 12-month bans for ball-tampering, Steve Smith and David Warner re-join the Australian squad ahead of a team-galvanizing trip to Gallipoli.
  7. 7. Under Siege
    March 12 2020
    1 h 1 min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Dansk, Deutsch, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio Languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    Justin Langer and the Australians set their sights on cricket’s ultimate prize, the Ashes urn.
  8. 8. A New Legacy
    March 12 2020
    58min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Dansk, Deutsch, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio Languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    The Australians continue their charge against England and prove they are a force to be reckoned with.

Bonus

  • The Test: A New Era For Australia's Team
    1min
    16+

    The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team will offer Prime members unprecedented access inside the Australian Men’s Cricket Team, immediately following the 2018 ball tampering incident as they regroup, reflect and rebuild to retain the 2019 Ashes Urn on English soil for the first time in 18 years.

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Directors
Adrian Brown
Producers
Adrian BrownRichard Ostroff
Season year
2020
Network
Amazon Studios
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3.1 out of 5 stars

82 global ratings

  1. 28% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 22% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 22% of reviews have 1 stars
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Saqib KhanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pure PR puff piece
Questions need to be asked of the filmmaker about why they couldn't scratch the surface of how the rot in the culture of poor sportsmanship set in, instead they've just tried to lay a veneer of PR over the top of it. Cricket Australia has done the world of cricket lovers a disservice by not really engaging in an honest way. This series is all about bringing the corporate sponsors back. It's not a series for anyone with a critical mind, the jingoistic 'Straya fans will love it, mind.
42 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
A series of half truths
As an avid and passionate cricket fan I was excited by this series yet, ultimately, left disappointed and frustrated. It's difficult to separate reviewing it as a piece of content from reviewing the behaviour of the Australian cricket establishment because there is a nagging sense that it was orchestrated and manipulated by Cricket Australia as part of the rehabilitation of their reputation. Hence my frustration is targeted at the glib manner in which the events in South Africa are, to a great extent, glossed over. There is no real examination of the culture that permitted those events to happen and what steps were taken to change it and, as the series progresses, as Warner, Bancroft and Smith return, at no point is there a perspective of how those people should be reintegrated. We are told, time and time again how this is a 'new era' for Australian cricket, how they long to win back the pride and trust of the public and yet, the second they are available, the cheaters are welcomed back seemingly with impunity. No interrogation of lessons learned, no examination of the behaviour or mentality that fuelled the cheating, nothing. Warner actually says on camera 'it's as if I'd never been away'!
The series left me disputing whether anything had really changed at all of any significance. If I'd felt I'd watched a balanced, insightful documentary series perhaps I would have arrived at a different conclusion but this felt as if it was designed to pose only the questions the Australian cricket establishment wanted to answer. The difficult, searching questions are ignored leading to what is, ultimately, a disappointing watch.
21 people found this helpful
Mr OracleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 March 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Everyone makes mistakes, pick yourself up, get on with it and let your work do the talking.
This could have and should have been a far better documentary than it is, that is because it does not provide the full view of what happened and there were some aspects that were not even mentioned or investigated. We can assume this would have been down to the contract negotiated with Cricket Australia who probably set the limits as to what could be shown.

However, I must first acknowledge that this is very interesting to get a backroom view of the Australian cricket team and thanks to Cricket Australia for allowing even the limited view.

As the documentary did not mention the following there are no spoilers in this review:

1) England put James Anderson into the side when he was not fit, he is the bowler that has a history of dismissing Steve Smith, the first test was won as James Anderson was unable to bowl thus they were down to 10 men and lost the best bowler in the world and the only one they had that could dismiss Steve Smith. This is not even mentioned, the good fortune of not having to face James Anderson is not mentioned.

2) Stuart Broad dismissed David Warner so many times he made him redundant to the Ashes as a batting force. David Warner does contribute in the field and this is highlighted too much, that is not what he was there for. How David Warner mentally dealt with a bowler that was continuously dismissing him is not even mentioned and he was not even questioned about it so we could gain insight.

If I was an Australian cricketer this documentary would leave me feeling proud and good of myself, that appears to be objective, it is not to provide the deep insight from the various viewpoints a cricket enthusiast would want.

The message to take from this, everyone makes mistakes, pick yourself up, get on with it and let your work do the talking.

Despite the above negatives, I thoroughly enjoyed it, you could see upfront how the crowd pressure, just how dangerous cricket is for a batsman, how each country puts a different pressure on visiting teams and how lonely life is for a cricketer.
8 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A really great watch
I throughly enjoyed this serious (up to a point). The first half of the series is the better watch. A team shattered by events (which go broadly unnoticed). They way Justin Langer approaches the new role with a somewhat inexperienced team and how he wants to shape that team into not only a great cricketing team, but to winning back respect, focusing on behaviours is a strong message throughout. One, for a period, I believed in. You get behind him, you get behind the players, even though they are with little success. Sadly, the series changes with the arrival of the banned players Smith and Warner. You can't a more unlikeable character than Warner. No humility, no respect, no grace. Both he and Smith come across as unlikable people. Arrogant, selfish players and go against the grain of what JL was trying to put in place of winning back the respect of the fans. Hence the 4 not the 5 star rating. Still as a fan I did really enjoy it
7 people found this helpful
Oliver LowthianReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Complete PR Stunt
I feel that there is a complete lack of regard for the ball tampering scandal and there should have been a deeper investigation into the culture that created it. In terms of the actual cricket it was painted through rose tinted glasses, there was a lack of respect, it seemed, for any opposition they faced with the exception of Kohli. The film makers failed to look at the way the Australian top order could not face Broad and the psychological effects of this on players such as Warner, moreover they seemingly forgot how Anderson's injury shifted the momentum of the series given how important he was to England's bowling attack.

All in all, this the version of Australian that Cricket Australia wants people to see, not how it actually is.
9 people found this helpful
M.IReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 July 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Very enjoyable for the casual fan but a LOT missing.
I am not a massive cricket fan and definitely not a fan of the Australian team. As such, I approached this with a certain amount of trepidation. This is mostly a good series, focusing on the human stories behind the sporting events and worth a watch for a sports fan with a a passing interest in cricket. However, after the return of Smith and Warner from their ban, the series takes a bit of a dive. There is zero examination of what they did, its effect on the sport and very little, if any, remorse shown by them or the team as a whole for cheating and bringing the sport into disrepute. Even worse, on a couple of occasions, it attempts to portray them as victims. A real missed opportunity and does nothing to dispel the notion that Australia are cheats. In fact, it definitely comes across as a part of their game plan and you end up finding the booing and taunts from the opposing fans enjoyable and reasonable; they're the only ones addressing the elephant in the room. Disappointing.

Definitely not cricket.
2 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 April 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Don't expect a gory look at 'that' event
Don't write many reviews, so bare with me. If you're expecting to see a documentary about how rotten aussie cricket was and some villains to heroes thing, you'll be disappointed. There's no way a camera crew was getting in that environment then. What it does show is that they are a team, like any other, they go through the highs and lows. I don't think it's put on as a show, there's far too much live action for that but I think there was more to show. Aussies changed for the better without losing their fight. It's a good watch for cricket fans although Ben Stokes heroics were the best bit ;) The Edge is also a great watch if you haven't seen that.
One person found this helpful
J. KnowlesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 April 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable and a good look behind the scenes but a total PR exercise for Cricket Australia
Spoilers Below

Firstly this is a very enjoyable watch and a great insight behind the scenes into just how tough, intense and mentally draining it must be to play cricket at this level.

My main gripe with it is that the ball tampering incident and the fact that the culture of Australian cricket and the Australian cricket team that has always been to win at all cost whether by fair means or fowl, and who were the pioneers of sledging and taking gamesmanship to the limit isn't addressed in any way. The narrative is basically three players made a mistake but they've now served their time and Saint Justin Langer (who once flicked the bails off as he walked past the stumps) has now taken charge to instil a new ethos and herald in a new era in Australian cricket, which from what I could make out was solely that sledging was renamed banter.

From the world cup episode on the focus to a certain extent is on how the Australian cricket team and in particular the three banned players were the victims of some awful treatment during the CWC and Ashes in England, with plenty of close ups of the crowd booing and heckling etc. This is where the hypocrisy of some involved and how the documentary was being slanted began to grate with me. It shows an interview with Owain Morgan in which he states that it's not his job to ask the crowd not to react to the players in any certain way as if he was inciting them and it then show's the players being booed and called cheats at the game in Bristol. Justin Langer is fuming about this and expresses how he and Ricky Ponting (a great player but known for never walking and claiming false catches) felt like jumping over the balcony to have it out with the fans. Now I don't agree with the booing but their indignance is laughable coming from a nation whose crowds are renown for being abusive and whose coach Tom Lehman actually encouraged, in the press Aussie fans to make Stuart Broad "cry", and who continues to this day to be booed by Aussie fans for a much more minor indiscretion than that carried out by the three Aussie players, but hey I suppose when they do it, it's just banter.

I'd love to see a similar documentary made from an England perspective on an Ashes tour to Australia see how they're treated by the Aussie press and fans?

One thing I do know is we wouldn't winge about it.
2 people found this helpful
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