The recently released docu-series on Amazon titled ‘The Test’ has brought to the fore many interesting anecdotes related to the Australian cricket team in the recent past. The series was shot over a period of 18 months, beginning with Australia’s 5 match ODI series against England in 2018 and ending with the 2019 Ashes series.
Incidentally, India’s unprecedented test series victory against Australia in Australia also fell in this period and the third episode covered it extensively. As expected, much of the episode revolved around India’s inspirational skipper Virat Kohli. The Australian team had to win back the trust of the Australian public after the forgettable happenings in Cape Town.
Justin Langer who was given the reigns of the Australian team didn’t only have the task of making the young team great cricketers, but also likeable persons and therefore he layed down the rules of no altercation and that of using banter without abuse. However, Kohli had no such guidelines to follow and in his quest to get under the skins of Australians he started gesturing and gave loud send offs to the Australian batsmen in the second test in Perth.
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It was then that Langer felt like a punching bag with his hands tied behind his back as they couldn’t respond in the same manner. Still never the one to back down, Aussie skipper Tim Paine decided enough was enough and used skilful verbals to respond to the Indian captain. However, Kohli had the last laugh as he became the first Asian captain in history to beat Australia in Australia in a test match series.