Sport England opener Alex Hales takes a catch during the first Twenty20 match against Australia

England suffered yet another defeat in the opening Twenty20 match against Australia and need to win the remaining two if they are to take the series

`I like the smell of a real tree'

Some demand a traditional Christmas tree. Others enjoy a more modern approach. Dame Barbara Cartland likes a bit of pink on hers. Paul Smith has opted for brass elephants. How are you decorating your tree this year?

Skiing: Someone's Got to Do it


Obituary: Sylvester Clarke

SYLVESTER CLARKE became the third Test cricketer from Barbados to die in five weeks when he collapsed in his home in Bridgetown last Saturday. He would have been 45 next Saturday.

Obituary: Conrad Hunte

ONLY A month after he had been a pall-bearer for his comrade-in- arms Malcolm Marshall in Barbados, the cricketer Conrad Hunte has died after suffering a heart attack. Marshall's death was an occasion of deep sadness for all West Indians but was not unexpected; the loss of Hunte, another outstanding player in an outstanding team, was a distinct shock.

Racing: McCoy's hunger clinches Rodock triumph

TONY McCOY was the spectre at his own feast here yesterday, as he rode a treble fuelled by nothing more than adrenalin and grit. The only colour on his otherwise grey face was the dark tinge around his sunken eyes, which told the story of days of starvation to weigh 10 stone with a saddle slung over his shoulder.

Cricket: Marshall will live in memory as a giant of the game

West Indies laments loss of `king of fast bowlers' whose speed and skill claimed 376 Test wickets

Obituary: Malcolm Marshall

MALCOLM MARSHALL exemplified West Indies' cricket at its very best. A deadly practitioner, a fast bowler of infinite versatility and tactical resource, a more than useful batsman, his slow, lazy Bajan smile and glorious Caribbean accent endeared him to the world. He was loved as much in England as he was in the Indies, especially in Hampshire, where he gave 13 summers of exemplary and exciting service.

Letter: A slave's daughter

Sir: I must take issue with the writer of "The grateful dead: a tourist guide" (The Traveller, 4 September).

Where in The World?

THERE ARE still plenty of millennium holidays left, ranging from long-haul destinations such as Mauritius, Barbados and St Lucia, available from Elegant Resorts, to short breaks in European capital cities (everyone is offering Paris, including Time Off, Thomson and Thomas Cook).

Travel: 24-Hour Room Service - The Frangipani, St Vincent

FIRST IMPRESSIONS of this Caribbean hotel are of serious old-fashioned style. As far as relaxation goes, the ambience at the Frangipani is fully reclined with sea breeze on face and Sea Breeze in hand. The wooden walls in the main building are all freshly white-washed; inside, the dark wood furniture is solid but sophisticated.

192-Part Guide To The World: Part 14: Barbados


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He loved Barbados's great cricketers, but could the place live up to Stephen Fay's expectations?
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