Behind-the-scenes documentary THE TEST to screen this weekend on Seven

From Australian cricket’s lowest ebb at Cape Town in 2018 to the triumphant 2019 Ashes campaign in England.

Seven will this Sunday air a 90-minute edited version of the documentary The Test, which premiered in full earlier this year on Amazon.

The special provides an unprecedented inside access to the Australian men’s team as it fights for redemption.

The Test takes up the story asAustralian cricket has just been plunged into crisis. Its captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and young batsman Cameron Bancroft all banned for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal of March 2018.

Under new captain Tim Paine and new coach Justin Langer, the Aussies have no choice but to embark on a new era, one in which they face a long and steep road to regain the respect of the cricket world and the affection of the Australian public.

But The Test is not just a sports documentary, it’s an inspiring real-life drama that will appeal to both non-sports fans and the avid cricket follower. In some ways, it’s Australia’s version of The Last Dance.    

Produced by CA Films and Whooshka Media, The Test: Feature Length Special covers the Australian team’s up and downs over the 16 months following Cape Town, including their difficult run in limited-overs cricket, the fighting drawn 2018 Test series against Pakistan in the UAE, the first-ever Test series loss to India on Australian soil in 2018-19, and the glorious 2019 Ashes series when Paine’s men became the first team in 18 years to retain cricket’s oldest and most coveted prize in England.

Along this remarkable journey, fans are taken behind the scenes as:

  • Top-order batsman Usman Khawaja and Langer have a heated exchange on the eve of the Test series against Pakistan
  • Paine and Indian captain Virat Kohli exchange verbal barbs during the 2018-19 Test summer
  • Smith triumphantly returns to the team with a Bradman-like run spree in the 2019 Ashes series
  • English spearhead Jofra Archer strikes a stunning blow in the second Ashes Test, forcing Smith to retire with a suspected concussion
  • Langer battles to cope with the almost unbearable tension during the closing stages of the third Ashes Test as Ben Stokes blasts England to a thrilling one-wicket win
  • The utter jubilation in the dressing room after the Aussies retained the Ashes.

As the Australians prepare to defend their No.1 Test ranking against India this summer, The Test reveals the arduous path Paine’s team had to negotiate to restore Australia to the top of world cricket.

The Test: Feature Length Special this Sunday at 7.00pm on Seven

Kevin Perry
Co-Creator and Editor of the TV Blackbox website, Kevin Perry is an experienced media commentator focused on TV Production, Consumer Tech, SVOD & Sports Broadcasting. | Call/Text 0428 275 111
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