Amazon Australia looks to cricket with latest local production

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 25 November 2019

Amazon Australia has revealed its latest local content move, announcing The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team, a new docuseries following the Australian Men’s Cricket Team.

Airing on Amazon Prime, it will give 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, The Test will be available on Prime Video in Australia and more than 200 countries and territories around the world in early 2020. 

Picking up immediately after the incident in South Africa that led to an outpouring of disappointment and shock around the world, The Test begins with the appointment of Justin Langer as coach and follows the Australian Men’s Cricket Team around the world.

The Test gives viewers an inside look into the highs and lows of the long road back in the team’s fight to regain the respect of world cricket.

From a tough run in the short-form of the game, to their first ever Test series loss to India on Australian soil, the fans journey with the team as they rally and rise to a successful World Cup campaign and battle against England for the 2019 Ashes series. 

“As we continue to increase production of Australian Amazon Original series, our goal is to tell local stories that resonate with our Prime members and we believe that The Test will do just that,” Amazon Studios VP of international originals James Farrell says.

“In working with Cricket Australia, we’ve captured the spirit of the nation’s sport that will be sure to delight both fans of the game as well as those who enjoy an amazing comeback story of redemption. We’re excited to launch this series exclusively for our Prime members in Australia and around the world.” 

The Test is produced by CA Films in partnership with Australian production company Whooshka Media, and directed by Adrian Brown. 

The Test joins the growing lineup of Australian Amazon Original series, including LOL: Last One Laughing, hosted and executive produced by Rebel Wilson, which filmed this October in Sydney.

Earlier this year, Prime Video announced a series of ten Australian Amazon Original stand-up specials. Featuring Australian comedic acts including Tom Gleeson, Judith Lucy, Celia Pacquola, Tommy Little and more.

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