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.

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Kevin Pietersen’s wish for more free time has been granted

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The England batsman has been out injured since March

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England overcame New Zealand when it mattered most, and narrowly beat the Cardiff weather too, to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.

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Payouts by the 81% state-owned bank have infuriated investors

Champions Trophy: England go back to future as Ravi Bopara gets final chance

Selectors spring surprise by recalling Essex all-rounder for Champions Trophy

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Simon Read: Another cock-up by the banks - and it's RBS and Natwest yet again

On Thursday morning hundreds of thousands of customers of Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest banks faced problems accessing their accounts.

Around two million people use the NatWest mobile banking service

More problems for NatWest bank as customers locked out of mobile app as questions over 'spam-war' cyber-attack spread

Royal Bank of Scotland customers faced frustration today after the bank suffered another IT failure.

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Jimmy Savile victims to sue BBC and his estate

The BBC and Jimmy Savile's estate are being sued on behalf of 31 alleged sex abuse victims.

Great Works: Landscape No 710, 2003-4, by John Virtue

Man settles beside a river, that source of life, commerce. He creates built structures, for shelter, and then, as they grow and cluster about him, for slightly different reasons: pomp, power, prestige. London was and is such a place. Here we see her in the near present, in all her messy, creeping sprawl, smudgy, looming, enormous, mighty. Majestic even. This city is everything that man, cumulatively, has wanted her to be. Here is both all her vital and upward-thrusting nowness, together with all the untidy remnants of everything that she once was or has laid claim to be. A mighty, awe-inspiringly ramshackle palimpsest then.

Money Insider: FSA makes sure you receive the right package

Last week the Financial Services Authority (FSA) released its latest policy statement aimed at protecting customers with a packaged, or "added value", current account. Under the new proposals, bank customers with this type of current account will, from 31 March, receive an annual eligibility statement to ensure the product is suitable for their needs.

Euro 2012, Olympics tickets and Whitney Houston: the year's top Google searches

'Euro 2012' emerged as Britain's most searched term this year, beating 'Olympics tickets' and 'Whitney Houston' into second and third place respectively

Questions of cash: Securing a £100 refund on a replacement handbag was like going round and round the Mulberry bush

Q. My husband bought a bag for me on 5 January for my birthday from the Mulberry store in St Christopher's Place, London. It was not a sale item. At my request, he exchanged it on 20 January for a different colour. The replacement bag was £100 cheaper. The store told him he could not have a refund and instead issued a credit note. However, the store's website shows that its policy is that items returned in perfect condition within 28 days with proof of purchase will be refunded. I have tried repeatedly but unsuccessfully to contact Mulberry to resolve this. The transaction was some time ago but I only recently found out that the store did not provide a refund. FW, by email.

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