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.

Bank freezes Jimmy Savile's £4.3m estate in response to mounting sexual abuse claims

Jimmy Savile's estate has been frozen in response to the mounting sexual abuse claims against the late television and radio star.

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Small businesses and elderly people left in the cold by 2,000 bank closures in past decade

Britain's banks are abandoning hundreds of communities by closing almost three branches a week, leaving elderly customers and small businesses particularly hard hit.

NatWest suspends GetCash app over fraud concerns

NatWest has confirmed that fraud concerns have led it to suspend a feature on a mobile phone app which allows customers to withdraw cash without using a debit card.

Lloyds' banking systems failure hits 22m retail customers

Some 22m retail customers of Britain's biggest banking group faced chaos today when Lloyds' banking systems failed.

Ulster Bank boss Jim Brown defends compensation deal

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Captain Alastair Cook is bowled for a duck as England’s reply begins disastrously

Amla masterclass sends South Africa to summit

Clinical tourists pick up where they left off in Test series to leave England helpless as their run of 11 consecutive wins is comprehensively ended

AB De Villiers says South Africa are in the mood to win ODI series

De Villiers insists that tourists won't allow party to fizzle

Four years ago, South Africa arrived at this point like men who were intent on breaking the record for the planet's longest party. They had won the Test series and frankly the one-day games could take care of themselves.

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Money Insider: Mortgage rates tumbling for those with 40% or more deposit

Interest payments on fixed-rate mortgages are tumbling to record levels for those fortunate enough to have a decent-sized stake to put down, while borrowers with smaller deposits are being ignored.

RBS called on £45bn of public funds to keep it afloat

Banking sector's reputation has hit new lows, says RBS boss Stephen Hester

RBS boss Stephen Hester conceded today that the banking sector's reputation had hit “new lows” as the taxpayer-backed lender counted the mounting cost of its failures.

Banks face giant bill for IT upgrade

NatWest's meltdown could cost it £100m, but experts warn that will be dwarfed in the future

Nationwide and NatWest fix IT errors

Nationwide and NatWest say they have fixed IT glitches that left customers overdrawn or unable to access their accounts.

RBS banking operations 'return to normal' after technical glitch

Nationwide and NatWest both said they have fixed separate IT hitches which caused more financial chaos for customers this week.

Ian Bell hits out on his way to 69 against Australia on Saturday

Finn and Anderson prove England are simply a cut above Australia

Of course, none of what is happening between England and Australia at present is remotely connected to the Ashes next year. But you should try telling that to the marines.

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