22nd June 2007 at 01:00
Regrets, he has had a few. But does John Major spend his twilight years ruing Black Wednesday, his failure to reach a consensus on Europe, or his surreal liaison with Edwina Curry? Not a chance.

As the former prime minister revealed in a talk at Queen Mary college in east London this week, Mr Major's biggest regret, apparently, is not introducing cricket to the national curriculum.

Of course! After all, this is the man who tootled off to the Oval on the day he was booted out of Downing Street and famously reminisced about "long shadows on county cricket grounds", warm beer and the like.

But then he is plugging his book More Than a Game, a leisurely trot through the golden days of sporting legends such as C.B. Fry, 'Demon' Spofforth and 'Lumpy' Stevens (no, not the Tory frontbench).

Mr Major was, of course, the prime minister who pledged to put sport "back at the heart of school life" by increasing the amount of time dedicated to team games - a move slightly undermined by the fact councils were flogging off their playing fields like there was no tomorrow.

His sports minister, Iain Sproat, was even sent on a pound;25,000 trip to Australia to find out why England were so bad at cricket. Clearly, if he found an answer, he wasn't telling.

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