Prime Video announced today at the Prime Video Showcase: An Evening with our Australian Producers event that the four-part Australian Amazon Original documentary series The Test Season Two will launch exclusively on Prime Video early 2023. Produced by Cricket Australia and Whooshka Media, this season will see the return of Adrian Brown (The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Cricket Team), who is co-directing with Sheldon Wynne. The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the Australian men’s cricket team as they strive to be the best team in the world in the face of dramatic leadership changes. The Test Season Two will be available exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
Weeks away from the first Ashes Test match, Pat Cummins takes on the captaincy in the wake of Tim Paine’s decision to resign. Faced with Paine’s departure, along with Justin Langer’s looming resignation from the role of senior coach, Cummins and the team now hold the responsibility of writing their own legacy. The Test Season Two is an insight into modern leadership and empowerment at the highest level of sport. And along the way, the players invite us into their lives away from the field.
“We all know Australians have a huge appetite for cricket, but the success of The Test Season One was overwhelming, so commissioning a second season was an obvious choice for us,” said Tyler Bern, head of content, Prime Video Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. “We are delighted to once again be working with Cricket Australia and Adrian Brown, whose unprecedented access to the team in the first season gave global audiences a look inside the transition and growth of the side through the undefeated Ashes Series, the historic return to Pakistan, the tour of the crisis-torn Sri Lanka, and a tumultuous time for leadership on the Australian men's cricket team.”
Richard Ostroff, head of broadcast & production at Cricket Australia, said: “After the success of Season One, we knew the bar was set high. Audiences across the country and around the world have shown they are gripped by the inner-sanctum access and machinations of Australia’s most loved sporting team. Throughout the ups and downs of the last 12 months, the players demonstrated outstanding leadership and devotion to doing our country proud.”
Co-directors Sheldon Wynne and Adrian Brown added: “We are very proud to again be given unique access to produce another behind-the-scenes documentary series about the Australian cricket team. The players have given us access not only to their professional lives, but also their personal lives and we are excited to share their stories with an international audience.”
The Test Season Two is produced by Amazon Studios in collaboration with Cricket Australia and Whooshka Media. The producers are Mish Armstrong, Adrian Brown, and Sheldon Wynne. The co-directors are Sheldon Wynne and Adrian Brown.
Since 2019, Prime Video has commissioned 23 Amazon Original series in Australia—The Test S1-S2, Making Their Mark, a series of 10 stand-up comedy specials by some of Australia’s best comedians, LOL: Last One Laughing Australia with Rebel Wilson, Back to the Rafters, Luxe Listings Sydney S1 - S3, The Moth Effect, Head Above Water, award-winning feature-length documentary Burning, Kick Like Tayla, Warriors On The Field and upcoming Deadloch, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Class of ’07, and the first Australian Amazon Original movie Five Blind Dates. At the Prime Video Showcase today, Prime Video announced the new Australian Amazon Original productions Hot Potato: The Story of the Wiggles, Dance Life, The Defenders, Hugh van Cuylenburg: G.E.M along with a series of five stand-up comedy specials.