Justin Langer frustrated with payment for Amazon Documentary The Test, with players earning double of what he earned – Justin Langer revealed that he should have “acted differently” following the disparity in pay for the Amazon Prime Documentary “The Test”. The eight-part docu-series covered Australia’s rise from the Sandpaper gate to Ashes glory in England, with Langer soaking up much of the screentime as the leading man. The Australian head coach was instrumental in delivering the messaging and building the side’s ethos following the disgraceful incident, and while he preached unity, the negotiations with Amazon Prime were anything but that.
As per reports from the Sydney Morning Herald, head coach Justin Langer cut a deal with Amazon Prime for a payment of about $40,000 leaving the players to work out their own provisions according to sources familiar with negotiations. However, Cricket Australia stepped in offered $81,000 to each player, regardless of the time they spent on the screen. Jack Wildermuth, who was on screen for a matter of seconds, received the same as Steve Smith and David Warner and double of what protagonist Langer bagged from the deal.
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley has issued a statement publicly backing Justin Langer through to the Ashes.
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Speculation has suggested that the payment structure for the Amazon Prime Documentary The Test had been a friction point between the players and the head coach. It was certainly an issue for Langer, who confirmed that he should have acted differently when the series was released in March last year. The Australian head coach said via text message, “You are absolutely correct in what you heard, and if I look back at that moment in time and with hindsight I should have reacted differently.”
The Test brought Langer’s management of the team in sharp focus and while it had a happy ending, 18 months down the line the scenery has changed with a string of defeats. Cricket Australia held an emergency meeting with captains Tim Paine and Aaron Finch to discuss the future of Justin Langer, a day after backing him to lead the side at the T20 World Cup and the subsequent Ashes at home.