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Charlotte Edwards, the England captain, believes there is no need to panic despite a second successive defeat to Australia following a pulsating finale in Hobart.

Jos Buttler of the Renegades bats during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat on 30 December 2013

ECB attempts to learn from Big Bash’s knockout appeal

The Big Bash has been a smash hit. If the plethora of staff and officials from the England and Wales Cricket Board who have been in and out of Australia at various times during the past three months have learned nothing from it, they have been wasting their time.

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates beating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their semi-final meeting

Australian Open 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka keeps chance of all-Swiss final against Roger Federer alive after beating Tomas Berdych

Wawrinka makes it into his first ever Grand Slam final after winning over four sets against his Czech opponent

Andy Murray pictured during his defeat to Roger Federer

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray draws the positives out of disappointing quarter-final defeat to Roger Federer

Murray was taking part in just his second tournament since coming back from back surgery

Manchester City have completed their takeover of Melbourne Heart, who have former Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell among their ranks

Manchester City add Australian A-League side Melbourne Heart to their global empire

City already own MLS franchise New York City and the Australian side become the latest part of a plan to generate a worldwide brand

Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych beat third seed David Ferrer to move into the Australian Open semi-finals

Australian Open 2014: Tomas Berdych beats third seed David Ferrer to progress to last four in Melbourne for the first time

The Czech star rattled through the first two sets before overcoming a brief blip in the third to beat the Spaniard 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 and book his place in the semi-finals

Andy Murray and Roger Federer pictured after their 2013 Australian Open semi-final

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray v Roger Federer at the Grand Slams

The pair will meet in Wednesday's Australian Open quarter-final

Victoria Azarenka breezed past Sloane Stephens in the Australian Open fourth round

Australian Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka breezes past Sloane Stephens to dispel memories of controversial victory last year

The defending champions looks in formidable form after cruising to a 6-3 6-2 victory

Lydia Greenway, right, and Arran Brindle celebrate the win

England women on brink of keeping Ashes

Lydia Greenway has warned her England team-mates not to take anything for granted despite her unbeaten 69 in the first one-day international, leaving Charlotte Edwards’ side on the brink of retaining the Ashes.

Fires burning throughout Victoria's Grampians region in South East Australia

Australian heatwave: One person dead as bushfires in southern states intensify

Police are investigating allegedly deliberate fires in the state of Victoria

Alastair Cook remains pencilled it as an opener for the World Cup

Australia v England ODI series: Ashley Giles seeks a change of tempo to mount World Cup challenge

England's limited overs coach is thinking ahead as England prepare for second ODI of the series Down Under

The courts at the Australian Open are so hot that you can boil an egg on the surface.

Australian Open 2014: Eggs frying on court, spectacular thunder storms and extreme heat - just another day in Melbourne

Play was suspended for four hours due to the extreme conditions

Gary Ballance is confident he can deal with Mitchell Johnson ahead of his return to the Australia squad for the second One-Day International with England

ODI series: Gary Ballance confident he can cope with returning Mitchell Johnson after insisting he's faced quicker bowlers

Ballance is looking to fight fire with fire after hitting half-centuries in his last two innings

Roger Federer came through his first match away from the Rod Laver Arena in 10 years by defeating Blaz Kavcic at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer defeats Blaz Kavcic in first match away from the Rod Laver Arena in 10 years

Federer progressed to the third round with a 6-2 6-1 7-6 (7-4) win over Kavcic on the Hisense Arena court

Rafael Nadal celebrates his second round victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal continues his Aussie demolition as he sees off home teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis

Nadal saw off another Australian in Bernard Tomic in the first round and added his second victim Down Under in Kokkinakis with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory

Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory over Karin Knapp in the Australian Open second round

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova battles through three-and-a-half hour epic to beat Karin Knapp in second round

Temperatures reached 42.4C during the draining match which Sharapova eventually came through 6-3 4-6 10-8

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?