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Cricket for everyone – your friendly guide to the world's strangest sport. Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins combine match analysis with irreverence, politics, interviews and history as they follow the game they love around the world. You can support the show at patreon.com/thefinalword.

The Final Word Cricket Podcast Adam Collins, Geoff Lemon

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    • 4.9 • 67 Ratings

Cricket for everyone – your friendly guide to the world's strangest sport. Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins combine match analysis with irreverence, politics, interviews and history as they follow the game they love around the world. You can support the show at patreon.com/thefinalword.

    TFW Book Club – Richie Benaud’s Blue Suede Shoes with Harry Ricketts

    TFW Book Club – Richie Benaud’s Blue Suede Shoes with Harry Ricketts

    The 1961 Ashes had it all, especially at Old Trafford. The ground where Jim Laker ran amok the previous time the Australians visited would be the scene of a staggering come-from-behind triumph under the bold leadership of Richie Benaud, spinning to win from out of the rough. Adam has Steve Cannane with him to interview Harry Ricketts, the co-author of a terrific new book focused on a match that helped earn the Australian captain the reputation as the best leader in the game. But it’s a portrait just as much about the England skipper, Peter May, and how a champion player would become a symptom of an antiquated class system by the end of his time in charge. A book that’s going to win a stack of awards, it’s out this week. Enjoy!

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Jim Laker, Australian Test spinner?

    Jim Laker, Australian Test spinner?

    It's Story Time, our walk through cricket history via your listener quiz challenges. This week, how many things do you not know about Jim Laker? For us, plenty, including how close he came to turning out in the baggy green. Lara Killick asks about some rubbery figures, we head back to the early IPL, some forgotten T20 Blast, and the very beginning of Test cricket once again.

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Launching our Final Word ad-free feed

    Launching our Final Word ad-free feed

    Season 16, Episode 15: Yes, we finally have our ad-free feed up and running, extra exciting in the same week as Adam claims to have watched The Greatest Round of County Cricket Ever. Wait for his documentary series on it in 10 years' time. Jofra Archer is tentatively back bowling snorters, there is civil unrest in Australian state cricket, and we finally figure out how the IPL works as Mitch Starc hits top gear. Also, our Westfield competition starts this week, and our listeners get innovative in fundraising for the Edinburgh marathon.

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    The Test documentary part 3, with director Adrian Brown

    The Test documentary part 3, with director Adrian Brown

    Season 16, Episode 14: After Australian cricket endured its worst moment in modern memory in 2018, the Sandpaper debacle, cameras were invited into the inner sanctum of the men’s dressing room for a fly-on-the-wall documentary. Five years on, they have returned for a third installment during last year’s World Test Championship and the Ashes that followed. The result is another engaging peek behind the curtain as Pat Cummins and his side set about their task of trying to win the lot as the players from both teams produced their most exciting contest in a generation. Adrian Brown has directed The Test from the outset and joins us, as he did when the previous editions were released, to talk us through his latest project.

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    • 1 hr
    The Final Word: Episode One

    The Final Word: Episode One

    Season 1, Ep 1: We're finally there! Reloading lost episodes from the early Final Word, this is episode No1.
    London 2015, with our new Ashes podcast project not signed off in time to cover the first Test in Cardiff, we got started after the second Test at Lord's. Australia had been beaten badly in the first match, only to take the next when Mitchell Johnson went on the last of his magical sprees with the ball. Emma John, then of the Observer, and Phil Walker, then of All Out Cricket, were our guests in a conversation that sprawled way past our instructed running time, and was a lot of fun on the way. A style was set...
    This season was originally recorded for the ABC - this is an extended edition restoring original material.

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    • 53 min
    Story Time 185 - Paul Nixon writes his own Wikipedia

    Story Time 185 - Paul Nixon writes his own Wikipedia

    It's Story Time, our walk through cricket history via your listener quiz challenges. Did Paul Nixon pen his own Wikipedia entry? Daniel Norcross reports, you decide. Our co-host has been busy too, getting Paul Collingwood to help tell the story of the less enjoyable half of that visit to Australia. Adam goes back to a memorable week in Galle, takes in Surrey challenging the touring Australians in 1899, and reflects on the life and times of Cyril Washbrook.

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    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

A Good 14 ,

Hands down the best cricket podcast

Geoff and Adam are simply the best when it comes to talking all things cricket... with the occasional Australian cultural reference thrown in for more mirth.

Ochtapas ,

Love the podcast, small suggestion.

This is one of my favorite cricket podcasts. Very insightful and super funny. One small suggestion is that you could devote a couple of minutes each podcast or perhaps every other podcast providing some explanations for us that are new-ish to the game. Cricket is a game that has such a steep learning curve, and beautifully odd terminology, that I think this would help to grow the fan base for the game, particularly here in the US. Specially useful would be information on the state of the pitch, and why it matters, as well as bowling lengths and lines. For instance, a mini-lesson on the state of the pitch could have been sneaked in during the discussion of whether Australia should have batted first on the first day of the fifth test at the Oval. Obviously you don’t want to spend too much time and bore the knowledgeable listeners, but just a couple of minutes would do.

Pulv30 ,

Very good stuff!

I love their cricket podcasts. Two very good, knowledgeable, and astute minds of the game. They bring the game in a different way, Adam has done work in politics while Geoff was prolific in poetry. This new perspective is fantastic to listen to. They never say anything without good reason, and they are unbiased. I love the longer version, and I love the daily pods. I enjoy the interviews a lot because I can go back when I’m bored and listen to Harsha Bhogle, or Davey Warner, or Ian Chappell. They seem to put a lot of thought into their words and that’s what I enjoy!

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