I was thinking of abandoning the old website and giving myself over to something worthwhile, like doing the washing up, stroking the cat or eating another round of toast. But, hey, saved by those who intended to hurt one. I received an email from the Hindu which said "End of the road, Corbett; no more columns from you." Well, I was not too offended and the writer was Nirmal Shekar an old friend so I pretended not to mind, what with planning my 80th birthday party with all the offspring in attendance and enjoying the feeling of freedom a couple more days a month and not really needing the money. So instead I will be writing here. Spread the word, people; Corbett is back and writing and enjoying it.

Benaud my hero

Posted at 12:19 on Friday 10th April 2015

Richie Benaud, journalist, cricketer, captain, commentator, free thinker, has gone. I am not alone in realising I miss him but I don't have many heroes - a reporter sees their clay feet sooner than anyone else - and I made an exception,...


Unique double

Posted at 15:29 on Saturday 28th March 2015

Sorry, I know it has been a while but when you get old things crop up. Mostly I have been waiting for news of an operation to cure - lay...


Caribbean experiments

Posted at 17:08 on Wednesday 18th March 2015

Funny, isn't it. Once upon a time, not too long ago, West Indies so dominated cricket that England confronted them with the toughest of the tough. Now they are sending an experimental team, filled with inexperienced players, in the hope...


KP and Clarkson

Posted at 09:58 on Thursday 12th March 2015

It has taken me three days to realise the similarity between the KP row and the current storm over the Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson. (I guess the basics of this story will have gone round the world and that I don't have to explain Clarkso...


Farewell England

Posted at 11:59 on Monday 9th March 2015

 Never mind the joy of the Bangladeshi cricket community, think of the celebrations there will be among the Afghanistan players in Australia and their supporters all the way from the Khyber Pass to Iran this evening!



Posted at 05:58 on Sunday 1st March 2015

I know it is not a practical idea - but can't the ECB just bring their World Cup side  home. They're embarrassing! If you make 309 the least you can expect is that it wi...


What the devil!

Posted at 11:08 on Saturday 14th February 2015

Ok, so we all knew they were not going to win the tournament, beat Australia and certainly not score anything like 343 - but to lose by 111, their devil number just capped the whole match. Most of the players must be in tears not to mention dee...


There aint no justice!

Posted at 12:00 on Friday 23rd January 2015

 Australia beat England in a tight finish and the judges - Channel Nine's illustrious men of the past - gave the man of the match award to the wrong man, the Oz captain Steve Smith. Now I am a great admirer of Smith - nine centuries in int...



Posted at 11:47 on Monday 19th January 2015

S0 David Warner has been fined for his part in a row with India's Rohit Sharma. Hardly a surprise is it. Australian who seems to be aggressive all the time attacks Indian batsman in the hope the lad will be put off his stroke. 


Diddly squat

Posted at 22:28 on Friday 16th January 2015

It's just like those nights when you don't win the Lottery, isn't it. You spend a week working towards that glorious day when England conquer the World, send the kangeroos home with tails between their legs and the Indians wishing they ...


Resolved . . .

Posted at 14:51 on Thursday 1st January 2015

OK, so it's New Year and time for a couple of resolutions. England need to think big, lets say 6ft 5in, and recall Kevin Pietersen as captain and leading batsman. Go on, be really big and say to the world "Sorry, w...


Dhoni farewell

Posted at 09:27 on Tuesday 30th December 2014

 SO MS Dhonie has decided to quit Test cricket. I hope no-one is surprised. He looked bored to the point of distraction in the Boxing Day Test and that is no way to lead a Test team.No wonder he added the cliche of the year "with imme...