An upcoming documentary about the Australian cricket team has captured the moment when the worst was feared for Steve Smith after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer in last year's Ashes series.
A new trailer for Amazon Prime Video & # 39; s & # 39; The Test: A New Era for Australia & # 39; s Team & # 39 ;, released on March 12, provides insight into how the Aussies continue went after the mess with the ball scandal in South Africa two years ago.
With behind-the-scenes access to the team, it records how they regrouped in the next 18 months on their way to retaining the Ashes urn with a 2-2 draw in England last summer.
A sneak peek video, released last month, shows the anxious mood in the visiting dressing room at Lord & # 39; s as star man Smith was hit on the field.
During a hostile period of fast bowler from England debutant Archer on the afternoon of the fourth day of the second test, the former captain was beaten in the neck as he tried to get a 91.3 mph short delivery out of the way clear up.
Smith was immediately struck by the ball, and remained lying about growing opponents on the field, and that was reflected in the Aussie dressing room.
While Jos Buttler rushes to check Smith's well-being, the camera turns back to the Australians watching from the Lord & # 39; s pavilion.
Former captain Steve Waugh, who worked with the team on an advisory basis last summer, mumbles & # 39; Let someone grow up & # 39; before turning around to watch the incident behind him on the TV screen see.
There are audible bites when they see the repetition, which shows that Smith is hit in the neck. One player hears & # 39; nasty & # 39; say.
Peter Siddle admits: Peter Siddle: & # 39; We were all in shock. The worst thing is that he was lying there, that was probably the scariest moment for all of us. & # 39;
Coach Justin Langer enters the dressing room, with Captain Tim Paine not far behind him, and concern is etched on his face as he says: & # 39; Still down & # 39; , while he extends his neck to get a picture of the action in the middle.
Nathan Lyon also looks worried, while batsman Travis Head states: & # 39; His neck is really red. Red there. Under the ear & # 39 ;, as he clings to a cricket ball in the area where Smith was hit.
Smith admits he wanted to continue, but there was no chance, according to the team doctor.
He said: & # 39; The doctor was there and asked me questions, and he said, "You're going to be taken off" and I said, "I want to continue, I feel okay" .
As he is escorted back to the dressing room, Paine urges his teammates to give him some space & # 39; and he enters a quiet room.
] Langer, who puts his arm around Smith while sharing a joke, admits that they were faced with a difficult decision and were not sure whether they sent their starbat man back, even though he passed the concussion protocols that had been introduced.
He said: & There is much discussion after being hit. The concussion protocols are now so strict, but he was adamant that he was ready.
& # 39; All protocols were met. But it's a good line, you want to win the test competition, but you also have to take care of your boys. & # 39;
Siddle followed nine and Smith returned. The anger of the crowd, who would follow him all summer for his role in the ball mess in Cape Town the year before, returned. Matthew Wade shakes his head on the balcony.
Smith's innings became furious when he returned to the fold, and he admits: I came out and hit my first ball over midwicket. Defending was just the hardest thing to do.
& # 39; My mind says to work hard and defend, but I couldn't. & # 39;
He eventually fell eight short for a third consecutive Ashes-ton, when he was stuck for 92 years for wicket by Chris Woakes.
The cameras capture his frustration, as if he were beaten by his teammates, he angrily threw his bat in his pocket and sank down, depressed, in his chair.
He took off his helmet and headband and lowered his pocket head into his hands.
Smith admitted last summer that the incident immediately brought back terrible memories of former teammate Phillip Hughes
Hughes received a bouncer in the same part of the neck in 2014, but was tragically killed as a result of a cracked artery that caused bleeding.
& # 39; I had a few things running through my mind, especially where I was hit, a bit of the past – if you know what I mean – from a few years ago, & # 39; said Smith referring to the day that Hughes was hit and died in a Sheffield Shield game between New South Wales and South Australia.
& # 39; That was probably the first thing I thought about, then I thought, "It goes well here" and it went well. & # 39;
The Australian newspaper is accused of sexism for being cricket star Ellyse Perry & # 39; shorter & # 39; has made it look like fellow David Warner in night photo & # 39; s awards – despite the fact that SHE kept him on heels
- ] The front of the Tuesday edition of The Australian contained cricket stars David Warner and Ellyse Perry winning prizes at 2020 Cricket Australia Awards
- However, the positioning of two individual photos of the sports stars made it appear that Warner was considerably taller than a female cricket player Perry
- Cricket says Perry stands without heels 176 cm, while Warner is 171 cm – with Perry towering over him at the event because she was on her heels
- A fierce debate followed with an accusing newspaper about sexism on Twitter
- A News.com.au journalist defended coverage, saying: & # 39; the ku nstenaar just looked better with the person on the left slightly raised & # 39;
The Australian newspaper came under fire after it appeared to make a female cricket star of almost the same height as her male sporty pear look much shorter.
A furious line has broken out about the positioning of photos of Australian sports stars David Warner and Ellyse Perry in front of Tuesday's edition of the News Corp Australia Network. .
The two cricket players were pictured together at the 2020 Cricket Australia Awards on Monday night, with Perry wearing heels towering above Warner.
The published photo montage, however, used two separate shots of the cricketers and raised Warner, 33, above Perry, 29, in height deployment.
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Cricket Australia says that Perry stands at 176 cm without heels, while Warner is 171 cm – but due to the positioning of the photos on the front page from The Australia she seems considerably shorter than her fellow player.
The pair were both winners in the prizes, with Warner taking his third Allan Border Medal, while Perry winning her third Belinda Clark Medal as the best men's and women's player, respectively.
On Twitter, people mentioned the way the photos were placed as & # 39; misogynistic & # 39 ;.
@ 20thCenturyDan wrote: & # 39; I think we can't make a woman look any longer than a man now, don't we? & # 39;
@ MrMiyag32432501 added: & # 39; It also tells men that they & # 39; be less men & # 39; unless they are longer than a woman. It is harmful anyway. & # 39;
@jessmcGuire added: & # 39; The Australian has established the correct order of things, man towering above woman, very good & # 39 ;.
However, Jai Bednall, a journalist on news.com.au also owned by News Corp Australia Network, defended the positioning of the photos.
He wrote: & # 39; In deciding how to arrange the two separate photos, the artist would have placed Perry before Warner because he could etch neatly. her shoulders. The left side of Warner was pressed against his wife, so that he was placed behind Perry.
And the decision about how long he should be? It was probably not a decision at all.
Perhaps the artist just felt it looked better with the person on the left raised slightly. Just like the day before when 160 cm Scarlett Johansson was made larger than Al Pacino of 170 cm (and nobody got upset). & # 39;
New Zealand opposes late Australian fightback to win their first Netball World Cup since 2003
- The success of New Zealand completed a recent revival after Commonwealth failure
- The underdogs saw their lead begin to decrease when Casey Kopua proved crucial
The success of the Silver Ferns completed a recent revival after not winning a medal for the first time at last year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast .
With six points halfway through the penultimate neighborhood, the underdogs saw their lead diminish and a few late interceptions by Casey Kopua proved crucial in protecting their lead.New Zealand held off an Australian fightback for their first Netball World Cup since 2003 to winIt gave them their first world title since their victory over the Australians in Kingston
Their victory, who was greeted by a judicial invasion of substitutes and team staff, and should immediately receive retribution for the defeat with one purpose they had suffered for the same team in the group stage on Thursday.
And it gave them their first world title since their victory over the Australians in Kingston, Jamaica in 2003 – since when their opponents had turned the tables with three consecutive crowns.
New Zealand coach Noeline Taurua said: "Our country and our clubs all had to be on board to get the best out of it and to strengthen our competition and it was a case of method of madness.
"It has been a long process and we have gone through different stages and I am so happy that it is time and that we have been able to lift the cup. "
Despite their traditional dominance, Australia had entered the tournament with questions to answer after losing a home game of the Commonwealth Games in England last year.It was Amelianne Ekensasio's creepy accuracy that began to make a difference
And those questions increased after a staggering selection of the semi-final by coach Lisa Alexander, who put her star players on the bench and saw how South Africa came in on two goals by arousing a memorable shock.
Big names, including captain Caitin Bassett, were back for the final, but New Zealand tapped them through an even opening front in the rest period.
Maria Folau led the scorecards for the Silver Ferns, but it was the creepy accuracy of teammate Amelianne Ekensasio who started to make a difference when her team started to turn on the style.
Kopua & # 39; s glare suppressed the inevitable Australian comeback and the Silver Ferns were able to hold the ball and count down the last seconds amid a suitably raw atmosphere in Liverpool.Despite their usual dominance, Australia entered the tournament with questions to answer
An unlikely hero, the last farewell and the elephant in Melbourne Park … the highs and lows of the Australian Open
- Nick Kyrgios won many of his critics by putting in money gather for bushfire relief
Novak Djokovic claims an incredible 17th Grand Slam title after being bounced back to defeat Dominic Thiem in the exciting Australian Open final
- Novak Djokovic defeated Dominic Thiem 6- 4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the exciting Australian Open final
- Djokovic had the perfect start but Thiem found his rhythm and came after three sets ahead
- However, as always with Djokovic, he emphatically bounced back to win an eighth Australian Open title
- Grand Slam count brought to 17 – he is two removed from Rafael Nadal and three removed from Roger Federer
- RECAP: Click here to view all the action of a compelling five-set final to be re-experienced in Melbourne on Sunday
Novak Djokovic drove out of a crisis to win his eighth Australian Open title after an all-powerful score from Dominic Thiem.
Struggling to control his emotions and with wavy moods and energy levels, the 32-year-old Serbian used all his experience to deny the Austrian a first Major title and increase his own total count to seventeen.
He becomes the second man in history after Ken Rosewall to win a Grand Slam trophy for three decades after completing 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 in regular shy of four o'clock. His celebrations were relatively muted at the end, although he had received a harder test than expected.Novak Djokovic claimed a remarkable eighth Australian Open title after beating Dominic Thiem in a five-set thrillerDjokovic bounced back in style of a set to close in on Roger Federer & # 39; s remarkable count of 20 Grand Slam titlesIt was a very heavy pill to swallow after 2-1 lead in sets against Djokovic, who struggled to keep his emotions under controlAfter losing the first set, Thiem bounced back in style to dominate the next two and take the lead in MelbourneThe 26-year-old Austrian showed no signs of nerves after early in his third Grand Slam final on Sunday
Thiem continued to fight to the end and won himself many friends with this performance, certainly more than Djokovic, but perhaps closest to the Austrian was a breaking point at 1-1 in the fourth set. He failed to catch up in the fifth.
He has proven himself to be a real danger to the three players who dominated the men's game, but it is still waiting for his first new singles champion since 2014.
Djokovic made an exciting start that made him saw a 4-1 lead racing, although an indicator that this would not be easy came when the Austrian pulled him back for 4-4. With the audience occasionally screaming during points in the first set, Djokovic saw them say & # 39; Shut the f +++ up & # 39 ;. Thiem, however, had to vomit the opener with a double error.
Thiem, however, had to receive similar gifts in the second set because his opponent's second portion deteriorated. Djokovic also suffered from the usual situation that the crowd was largely against him, and his grievances were added up when he received twice violations from Frenchman Damien Dumusois in the ninth game.Djokovic gestures in frustration to beat Damien Dumusois as his opponent gets a firm foothold in the final on SundayDjokovic, who won an incredible 17 th Grand Slam title, taps the referee closely after a second time offenseThe 32-year-old Serbian from his frustration with the referee during the intense final of the Australian Open
Angry, he – very illegally – tapped the referee on his foot three times as he walked past the chair and then told him sarcastically: & # 39 Well done, you made yourself famous, mission accomplished. & # 39;
The normal Djokovic strut was gone, restless due to Thiem staying close to the baseline and hitting with intense force. For the first time in the tournament, he started to look tired and was physically tested well.
Six straight matches were awarded after he was given the time violation, and when he broke that series at 0-4 in the third he called a doctor and complained about lack of energy. His second serving speed had fallen by an average of 12 mph during the set.Serbian fans show their support for their countryman, who was chasing a record eighth singles title at the Australian Open
Thiem had to fight to hold the set before Djokovic hit a forehand in the net. He then disappeared to court with the doctor, who gave his opponent five minutes of stew time.
The Serbian, who had also seen a pill during his semi-final against Roger Federer, then played with renewed purpose, noticeably perking up his body language.
The foundations of Thiem, who had previously played two debilitating rounds, somewhat lost their penetration and showed pressure at 3-4 when he played a bad game and was broken against the enjoyment of the large Serbian contingent on the grandstands. The combination of the Austrian who withdrew somewhat and Djokovic who discovered some extra pop on his serve was crucial.Spectators watch closely the Rod Laver Arena as the battle for the Australian Open title intensifies
& # 39; You have made yourself famous, well done & # 39 ;: Novak Djokovic denounces referee and taps him on the FOOT after being hit a second time during the Australian Open final
- Novak Djokovic had a moment of collapse during the Australian Open final
- After falling behind Dominic Thiem Djokovic rowing with the referee
- Damien Dumosis had hit Djokovic with a second offense in the same game
- The Serb was furious and launched a tirade and tapped the referee's foot
Serbian star Djokovic received twice offenses in the same game because he did not serve fast enough, after which he displayed a wild outburst that involved tapping the foot of the Dumosis.
Djokovic was visibly seething and kept bitter words to the referee while he was still desperately trying to catch his breath after the game play.
Scroll down for videoNovak Djokovic had a meltdown during the Australian Open final and argued with the refereeAfter receiving a second offense, Djokovic began to tick n the foot of Damien DumosisDjokovic remained the referee's foot keep ticking while he loudly made his point
his second warning cost him a first portion while defending a breaking point, resulting in losing Djokovic's coolness and direct contact with the referee.
& # 39; Great job, especially in the second, & # 39; Djokovic said as both of them, and Thiem returned to their seats after playing the point.
Djokovic kept his eyes on Dumosis and added: & You have made yourself famous. Well done man. Mission accomplished. & # 39;
After winning the first set 6-4, Djokovic went downhill quickly when his 26-year-old opponent returned to the game.Djokovic kept his eyes closed with the referee while he did the public spectacleAfter sitting Djokovic went to Dumosis and told him that he himself had made famous
Thiem took the second set 6-4 in convincing style when Djokovic started to wobble and the signs of a melt were already clearly visible.
Earlier, Djokovic lost his calm in the match when he heard & # 39; the f *** cease & # 39; against the crowd after making a noise during a rally.
Thiem played his first Grand Slam final outside of Roland Garros and entered the competition to win his first major on the third attempt.
Thiem was defeated twice by Rafael Nadal on the big stage, although managed to overcome the Spaniard to book his place in the Australian final.
Brit Joe Salisbury wins men's double title at the Australian Open after convincing final victory together with partner Rajeev Ram
- British double men specialist Joe Salisbury won the men's double on Sunday
- In addition to Rajeev Ram, they beat Luke Saville and Max Purcell in straight sets
- Sailsbury is the fourth British man since 1968 to win a men's double slam
Joe Salisbury & # 39; s meteoric rise continued on Sunday when he and American partner Rajeev Ram convincingly won the Australian Open double title.
The 27-year-old from Putney will now climb to a world ranking number 4 after comfortably unsawing Australians Luke Saville and Max Purcell 6-4 6-2 in just 70 minutes to win the final.
Rarely the Anglo-American couple could have played better together and they were superior in every division that played at Rod Laver Arena as an undercard to the men's final.Joe Salisbury holds the men's double trophy with partner Rajeev Ram from USAThe Anglo-American duo was too strong for Australians Luke Saville and Max Purcell
If there was anything, the score could have been more convincing because it breaks twelve created.
They only took three, but that was spacious enough because they had handled the opportunity much better.
Salisbury and Ram share £ 410,000 for winning the title, barely eighteen months after the first rose from darkness to reach the Wimbledon semi-final.Salisbury (lower center) is now fourth in the men's doubles world ranking
If this form continues, it is conceivable that it could soon become a double world challenge for the world.
& # 39; We came together as a team a year ago and did not expect to be here now & # 39 ;, said Salisbury after receiving the trophy Australian legend Tony Roche.
He only became the fourth British man in the Open 1968 era to win a Grand Slam men's double title, the others being Roger Taylor, Jamie Murray and Jonny Marray.
Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem, 2020 Australian Open final, LIVE: Djokovic seems to be defending his title while Thiem enters his third Grand Slam final
- Novak Djokovic looks for his Australian Open defend title against Dominic Thiem
- It is a battle between the world no2 Djokovic and the world no5 Thiem
- Sportsmail takes you through the action of the Rod Laver Arena
The Austrian World No. 5 Thiem is heading for his third Grand Slam Final to beat last year's champion, and World No. 2, Djokovic.
Djokovic has a 6-4 win record against his opponent, although Thiem has been the best twice in the last two times.
Sportsmail & KIERAN JACKSON takes you through all the action of the Rod Laver Arena.
Jamie Murray misses British record-breaking eighth Grand Slam title after defeat in the Australian Open mixed doubles final
- Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands were defeated in the Australian Open final
- The pair lost 5-7 6-4 10-1 to Barbora Krejcikova and Nikola Mektic in the final
- Murray bid on a British record eighth Grand Slam title but fell short
American dream! 21-year-old Sofia Kenin bewildered former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza in three sets of Australian Open final to claim her first Grand Slam title
- Sofia Kenin defeated Garbine Muguruza for the Australian Open to win on Saturday
- The 21-year-old's turnout was impressive and she held her nose in the final
- Kenin dropped the first set fall but concluded as the winner in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory
- It is Kenin's first Grand Slam title of her career because she is ready for a ranking boost
Sofia Kenin became the newest improbable Grand Slam champion in women's tennis when her persistent persistence turned out to be too much for Garbine Muguruza in the Australian Open final.
Showing two other Florida-raised players with Eastern European roots – Maria Sharapova and Monica Seles – fought them through a high quality set to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours and three minutes.
Born in Moscow but raised in the US, there is no reason she can't buy the apartment she wants in Manhattan after earning £ 2.2 million for her surprising triumph.Sofia Kenin produced one of the versions of her career for the Australian Open titleShe had to be treated by a physio because problems with injury came to light during the last three setsKenin grew up in the competition and showed tremendous maturity to win her first Grand Slam 21 yearsThere were many American tennis fans in the Rod Laver Arena to cheer Kenin to victory
She won the first women's final of the post -1968 was that there was no top 10 player.
Muguruza came in a light favorite for a final whose unexpected line-up contributed to reserve seats in the stands, the Rod Laver Arena at least 500 shortly after a sale.
The Spaniard, who went after a meager patch for her third Major, should have won the first set more easily, but had missed three break points for 5-2 before he retired after continuing for 5-4.Muguruza went for her third career Grand Slam title and started stronger in the first set
She did that despite her regular deception, and she paid the price in the second set when she missed nearly six out of ten first portions.
The unsowed Muguruza, often frustrated by the skills of her opponent and her inability to assert her superior firepower, had double errors crucial to 2-4 in the decision-maker for the seventh time, and was unable to recover.
She doubled again on match point, as a result of which the American went to her father Alexander to celebrate.
Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands would follow them in court for the mixed doubles final.