Amazon Prime’s newest sports-based documentary follows the Australian cricket team and their journey of recovery, following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018.
A trailer for the new documentary has been released, and it captures the moment when Steve Smith was struck in the head by a Jofra Archer bouncer during the second Test of the 2019 Ashes series.
The footage shown in the trailer shows Steve Waugh and other members of the Australian cricket team reacting to the incident as they were watching on from their dressing room, having to check the screens behind them to get a double take on what had just happened.
It then showed just how concerned Waugh and other staff members were for the welfare of their player.
The sneak peek for the documentary shows just how apprehensive the atmosphere in the dressing room was, as their star man Smith appeared to be unconscious on the field.
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It was on the fourth day of the second Test, when England debutant Archer, a notorious fast bowler, came up against Smith. Archer bowled a bouncer at 91.3mph, which Smith failed to sway out of the way of, which resulted in the ball striking him in his neck.
The impact of the ball immediately put Smith to the floor and he stayed down, which grew concern from opposition players on the field, which, thanks to this new footage, we can see how it was reflected in the Aussie dressing room.
After treatment on the field, Smith pleaded that he wished to continue playing, but the team doctor said there was no chance.
He said: "The doc was out there asking me questions, and he was like 'you're going to get taken off' and I was like 'I want to keep going, I feel ok'".
As the footage shows Smith emerging into the dressing room, team captain Tim Paine can be heard urging the team to give him space. After discussions with team coach Justin Langer, Smith was allowed to go back out on to the field as he had passed all the concussion protocols.
On his way returning to the crease, Smith receives a hostile reception of boos coming from the England supporters, a reception that had followed him round the series after the ball-tampering scandal in 2018.
Smith was eventually trapped LBW for 92 by Chris Woakes.
Upon his return to the dressing room, he lashes out in frustration before sinking into his seat, head in hands, whilst admitting that because of the injury he’d suffered, defending his wicket had become harder and harder.
Smith later admitted that the incident had instantly brought back the memories of his former teammate Phillip Hughes.
Hughes had received a bouncer to the same part of the neck as Smith in 2014, however, he was tragically killed due to the impact causing a haemorrhage.
Amazon Prime Video's 'The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team' is set for release on March 12.News Now - Sport News