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

Best for soul sensations: Barbados

Despite what resorts in Barbados would have you think, steel drums, or more mystifyingly, steel drums played over Eighties and Nineties soft-rock muzak, are not the most popular music on the island. That honour, it seems, goes to R'n'B and soul. It rolls out of my taxi from Grantley Adams Airport and there's no let-up at the Fisherman bar in ramshackle Speightstown, where the tuneless trill of Ne-Yo accompanies my flying fish and cou cou – a sort-of fruit version of mashed potato – doused with the local Banks beer and rum.

My Life In Travel: Bob Harris, DJ

'Nashville is my second home: I love the music scene'

Lucy Wisdom: Performance artist and conservationist

Lucy Wisdom was a beautiful, spirited and loving woman who was successfully involved in the worlds of music, theatre and the performing arts from an early age. This all changed dramatically when, confronted with her own extinction, she focused all her energy on the plight of the Sumatran orangutans.

Winter on the Beach: Barbados

It's our favourite Caribbean destination for good reason – there's more to this island than sun, sea and sand. Kate Simon offers a guide

The Bamfords' charmed lives – until now

Society bible Tatler once ranked Lady Bamford fourth in its list of the world's most-powerful blondes. Her lofty status is not only due to the fact the former air hostess is married to one of Britain's richest men but also because she is the passionate driving force behind Daylesford Organic, "the Harvey Nicks of the Cotswolds" – a must for health-conscious celebrities from Liz Hurley to Kate Moss.

My Life In Travel: Phil Vickery

'There's nowhere more beautiful than Cornwall'

Travel challenge: A winter Caribbean cruise for two people

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a winter Caribbean cruise. Prices are for two people travelling together and include flights from Heathrow, all fees and taxes, tips, shore excursions and on-board entertainment...

Sign up for sun, sea and sport on Barbados

Kate Simon visits a special summer camp where kids are coached by stars

Claire Beale On Advertising: Cut price and low quality is a risky strategy

The trouble with dropping your trousers in the ad business is that you either end up screwing someone or being screwed. And there's a lot of screwing going on right now, particularly if you work in media, because some of the less confident media agencies are dropping their trousers, offering a cut-price service in order to win new business.

Life after the Great Train Robbery

Here is a timetable charting Ronald Biggs's life since the Great Train Robbery:

Your chance to race at Cowes Week with Mount Gay Rum

Enjoy great racing and VIP hospitality with Mount Gay

Steve Bucknor: Over and Out

Steve Bucknor, for 20 years the master of the long, slow decision, stands in his last international match tomorrow. Cricket will miss him, writes Stephen Brenkley

On the front foot: Love him or loathe him, it's impossible to ignore Clarke

Forget the cricket, the week's most memorable presence in Barbados has been Giles Clarke. He has variously attempted to charm the media, thank his wide circle of supporters (9,000 emails, he claims), and mock his enemies.

Travel challenge: The best price for an island holiday?

Every week, we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular journey. Today: an all- inclusive family holiday over the Easter holidays on an Atlantic or Caribbean island, departing from Gatwick on 4 April.

More injury fears for Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff will undergo a scan on his injured hip tomorrow afternoon but England are sufficiently concerned about his fitness to have called up two players as cover.

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