A trailer for Amazon Prime’s new Ashes documentary ‘The Test’ shines a light on the moments in and around the Australian dressing room when Steve Smith was felled by a Jofra Archer bouncer.
The cricket world held its breath last year when Smith was struck on the neck and stayed down for several minutes at Lord’s.
He was taken from the field with concussion but later returned to the crease and was eventually dismissed for 92.
The new trailer for ‘The Test’ shows Smith’s devastation after he shouldered arms and was struck on the pad to a ball that was crashing into middle stump.
Smith pelted his bat onto the ground in anger before slumping into a seat in the dressing room with his head in his hands.
“Good stuff Smudgey boy,” a teammate can be heard saying in the background.
It remains to be seen what effects the concussion was having on Smith at the time, but he looked inconsolable after being dismissed so close to a century.
“I came out and slogged my first ball over midwicket. Defending was just the hardest thing to do,” Smith said of what was going through his head when he resumed batting.
“My mind is saying work hard and defend but I was kind of like — I couldn’t do it.”
👀 SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK 👀— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2020
Watch the dramatic scenes unfold in the Aussie camp during the epic Ashes battle between Steve Smith and Jofra Archer at Lord's.
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Aussie teammates’ shock
The sneak peak into the upcoming documentary also shows how the coaches and players reacted when Smith was felled.
Aussie legend Steve Waugh - who was touring with the side as an assistant coach and mentor - was in immediate shock.
“Boys, we need someone out there. We need someone out there big time,” Waugh said in the dressing room.
“I think we were all in shock,” Peter Siddle added.
“I think the worst was when he was laying there. That was probably the scariest moment for us all.”
The trailer also shows Matthew Wade’s disbelief that English fans were still booing Smith when he returned to the crease.
Smith was diagnosed with diagnosed concussion the next day and sat out the remainder of the second Test, as well as the third Test at Headingley.
He returned for the final two Tests and helped Australia retain the Ashes urn with a 2-2 series draw.
His removal from the second Test famously resulted in Test cricket’s first-ever concussion substitute as Marnus Labuschange grasped his opportunity and hasn’t let go of it since.
Damn good to watch that!!— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) January 15, 2020
This literally looks like the best thing I’ve ever seen!! Cannot wait— Harry Barnes (@Barnes_Harry) January 15, 2020
Kudos to his grit and determination, Steve Smith's Cricketing journey of 2018-2019 will ever remain a story of inspiration. No doubt he is one of the modern day greats of this beautiful game.— Harry (@Harry_Humorous) January 15, 2020
@Shrutika_05_ if this video won't make u cry then I'm sorry gurl I failed to let u know why I love Australia cricket & always admire them. We fall, we rise.. but we never give up.🤤 #SteveSmith #SmithVsArcher— Reyansh Sharma (@Reyansh09600563) January 15, 2020
Goosebumps & tears watching this. Man wanted to bat so badly for 🇦🇺 and his frustration at the end shows his love for the badge. Made a double century in 4th Test to bring the urn back!!! Take a bow SMUDGE!!— Umair (@imumair10) January 15, 2020
If you don’t love the bloke more after the sneak leak then you have issues.. he is an insane human and that’s powerful viewing there!— Jason (@adelcrows) January 15, 2020
Thank You @cricketcomau & Amazon for showing this video. I almost had tears in my eyes watching Great @stevesmith49 lying on the ground with severe pain— Syed Fakhrul Huda (@Hu8aa) January 15, 2020
These International players go through so much pain, ups & downs, emotions, failures which we spectators r unaware of#Respect