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A brand new year

It's Story Time, our weekly walk through cricket history via your listener quiz challenges. Hello, 2022! It begins as you might expect, with isolation and covid tests (as well as covid Tests). Does Adam have a strong argument for the greatest match ever played? Has Geoff unravelled a unique clue about David Clarence Boon? Let's go via Faisalabad, visit one of the greatest dashers, after starting with an apt connection to the Sydney Cricket Ground. Happy New Year.

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The Final Word Live - maybe?

Still selling tickets for January 12 in Melbourne and hoping we will go ahead.

Your Nerd Pledge numbers this week:

2.41 - Bhargav GNV & Vijay

3.45 - Craig Moore, Darcy Matthews & Mark Stein

3.01 - Scott Lamprecht

28.01 - Richard Jansz-Moore

14.45 - Terry Hogan

5.67 - Andrew Turner


Geoff Lemon & Adam Collins are The Final Word – a pair of cricket writers travelling the world covering the strangest and loveliest game of all. We give cricket the reverence and irreverence it deserves: everything from match analysis to philosophy, deep-dive interviews with interesting people, and always returning to the absurd and entertaining side of the game.

In 2020 The Final Word was called the best cricket podcast in the world in the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. The podcast has been downloaded more than 2.2 million times.

Geoff Lemon_The Final Word

Geoff Lemon has been covering cricket as a writer and broadcaster since 2010. He writes for the ABC, BBC, Wisden Almanack and many other outlets. He also happens to be a poet.

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Adam Collins didn't come to this caper the conventional way, earlier advising Australian politicians including a Prime Minister. When they got punted out of office he started following the sun writing and talking about cricket for a living. He likes that much better.