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

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.

Racing during the 2012 Cheltenham festival when, a court heard, businessman Curtis Woodman hired the Embassy Club in Cheltenham to entertain racegoers

Cheltenham lapdancers 'kidnapped nightclub boss to get £42,000 payment'

A group of lapdancers kidnapped and beat a nightclub boss after he failed to pay them more than £42,000, a court heard.

Santander will offer a range of fee-free Help to Buy mortgage products

Santander unveils help to buy mortgage deal

The battle to offer low-deposit mortgages stepped up today after a lender unveiled new deals under the Government's Help to Buy scheme and another announced plans to join the initiative.

MBNA opens the door to a credit card price war

MBNA has fired the first shot in what is predicted to be a major credit card price war in 2014.

Outlook: Back-to-the-future banking on the cards at HSBC – or is that Midland?

Outlook: The bank has reportedly sounded out investors about the partial flotation of its UK bank

'We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience,' said Susan Allen, RBS director of customer relations

Bank failed to invest properly in IT systems for decades, boss admits after NatWest and RBS Cyber Monday card glitch

Embarrassing failure left customers unable to use credit and debit cards for three hours

'We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience,' said Susan Allen, RBS director of customer relations

NatWest and RBS Cyber Monday card glitch:
Bank faces millions of pounds of compensation claims after chief executive admits 'decades' of under-investment in IT systems

Technical failure left customers unable to use credit and debit cards for three hours while the banks’ websites and smartphone apps were also affected

MPs criticise George Osborne’s £12bn Help to Buy plan for risking housing bubble and distorting recovery

George Osborne’s £12bn scheme to help first-time buyers could backfire by creating a housing bubble and distorting the economic recovery, MPs warned the Chancellor last night.

Jos Buttler has completed his move to Lancashire

Lancashire complete expected signing of England One-Day International wicketkeeper Jos Buttler after Somerset exit

The 23-year-old had been widely linked with a move to Old Trafford after his contract with his local side expired last week

Money Insider: Steer clear of big banks' high rates on small loans

Interest rates are at rock bottom if you're in the market for a five-figure personal loan from your bank. But if you apply to borrow a smaller sum you'll be in for a nasty surprise.

Jos Buttler hits out against Australia in Cardiff

England vs Australia ODI: Anything is possible for Jos Buttler the fearless

Series still to play for after another thrilling innings from England’s fastest run-maker

Ashley Giles must decide whether to continue with Kevin Pietersen as opener when Alastair Cook and Ian Bell return

England stand by Michael Carberry as series fizzles out

The time has almost come for Australia’s tour of England to end. It will be a merciful release. The arrival of autumn and the familiarity of the teams have conspired to lend a perfunctory air to the later proceedings.

Ashley Giles was not amused at Tuesday’s press conference

Ashley Giles calls his mate Michael Vaughan 'harsh' for dig at selection

Coach knocks former captain for criticising squad ahead of third ODI against Australia

Fawad Ahmed and David Campese

Fawad Ahmed will not be distracted by David Campese comments say Australia

Australia's Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed is more likely to worry about his apparently questionable table-tennis skills than David Campese's suggestion that he should "go home".

Eoin Morgan smashes another six on the way to an impressive century at Malahide

Captain Eoin Morgan rouses England to seal winning return

Ireland 269-7 England 274-4 (England win by six wickets)

Stuart Broad kisses the urn

Stuart Broad labels Michael Vaughan 'disrespectful' over ODI comments

Former Test captain suggested fans should ask for a refund

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Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

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Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

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Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
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Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

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The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
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