Amazon Prime is cooking up a new exclusive docuseries that is set to release in March 2020. "The Test: A New Era for Australia's Team" is a cricket documentary that follows the Australian Men's Cricket Team. The eight-part docuseries gives a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's best cricket teams and their fall from grace. Now, you might be wondering what happened? In 2018, there was a cricket scandal surrounding the Australian national cricket team. The incident was widely referred to as the Sandpapergate scandal. It happened during the Test match between Australia and South Africa in Cape Town. Cameron Bancroft from Team Australia was caught trying to rough up one side of the ball with sandpaper to make it swing in flight. Later on, it was revealed that Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were also involved with the act of tampering. The three of them received sanctions from Cricket Australia. Also, even if he wasn't revealed to be directly involved, Australia's coach Darren Lehmann stepped down from his role. This docuseries highlights the team and picks up immediately after the incident in South Africa. It begins with Justin Langer being appointed as head coach of the Australian team. With unprecedented access, it gives viewers an inside look into the ups and downs of the team's road to redemption. It's a story of how they fought back to regain the respect and integrity that they lost in the world of cricket. The series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on the 12th of March 2020. We'll be sure to provide a link to the series once it becomes available.
Even in professional sports, cheating isn't all that uncommon. But very rarely is the actual act caught on camera and broadcast on the big screen where everyone can see it. Too bad for the Australian men's cricket team 'cause that's what exactly happened to them. Australian player Cameron Bancroft was caught rubbing a cricket ball with a piece of sandpaper. To make matters worse, he tried to hide the sandpaper by shoving it down the front of his pants. The cameras caught it and even replayed it in slow motion. A total of three Australian cricket players were identified as having prior knowledge of the tampering plans. They were team captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, and Bancroft. This incident that involved players tampering with the ball is widely renowned as 'Sandpapergate.' Smith and Warner received 12-month suspensions while Bancroft received a nine-month suspension. Did you know that the ICC (International Cricket Council) was forced to review player behavior sanctions after 'Sandpapergate?'
Australia's ball-tampering during the Third Test against the South African cricket team was the last straw for the ICC. ICC chief executive David Richardson said "the game needs to have a hard look at itself" when it comes to discipline. Aside from that, there have been other high-profile incidents that have happened in recent memory. Just like Kagiso Rabada making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player. There's also David Warner being involved in an off-field altercation with Quinton de Kock. On top of that, there's also the incident with the Bangladesh team threatening to walk off the field. The review will focus on reviewing the levels of offense in the ICC code of conduct and the establishment of a \spirit of cricket code.' We can only hope that it all goes well so fans can go back to enjoying competitive cricket games at the ICC Cricket World Cup!
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