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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It is almost five years since chip and pin was officially introduced in the UK, a payment mechanism that we now all take for granted. In fact, if you happen to visit parts of the world where this technology hasn't yet been implemented, it seems alien to have to sign to confirm your purchase.

England announce ODI against Ireland

England will face Ireland in a one-day international in Dublin next August.

Questions Of Cash: 'My e-ISA interest rate was too low'

Q. I opened an e-ISA with NatWest on 28 April 2009. At that time, it was the best ISA available that allowed transfers from existing ISAs. But I believe NatWest applied the wrong interest rate. I should have received 3 per cent or 3.26 per cent AER, but I received only its current rate of 2 per cent AER. I have sent two letters, but haven't received a reply to my second letter. DK, by email.

England players demand apology from Butt

The England team have demanded a "full and unreserved apology" from Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt and threatened legal action after he alleged they were involved in fixing the third one-day international at the Brit Oval.

Trott and Riaz in pre-match altercation

Jonathan Trott and Wahab Riaz were involved in a confrontation shortly before the start of today's fourth NatWest Series match at Lord's.

Leading article: A sad spectacle

The England and Wales Cricket Board has ruled that the last two matches of the one-day series – today and on Wednesday – will go ahead as planned, despite the cloud hanging over Friday's match at the Oval, which Pakistan won by 23 runs. One of the reasons it gave was that the claims about match-fixing do not relate to any England players – public confirmation of what everyone suspected, but no one wanted to say out loud. Thus was destroyed at a stroke the attempted even-handedness in which the initial suspicions were couched by the International Cricket Council.

Simon Read: Banks should be ashamed of how they treat their customers

Service from banks is getting worse. That's not just my view, it's demonstrated by the shocking figures published by the Financial Ombudsman Service this week that suggest that banks have simply given up dealing properly with complaints.

England call up Shahzad to cover Broad

Stuart Broad suffered discomfort in his groin during practice at the SWALEC Stadium today and England have called up Ajmal Shahzad as pace-bowling cover for their NatWest Twenty20 squad.

Pietersen dropped from England squad

Kevin Pietersen has been dropped from England's NatWest International Twenty20 and NatWest Series squads to face Pakistan, and will instead play for Surrey on loan for the remainder of the season.

Self-employed borrowers face tough times

The self-certification mortgage has all but disappeared, making it harder for people to get a home loan if they are unable to prove their income. Esther Shaw investigates

Money Insider: Cut overdraft costs with MBNA credit card

with the Government's cost-cutting strategy looming on the horizon, many people are already tightening their belts and preparing their own finances for what could be a bumpy couple of years.

London 'most cost-effective city for students'

London is the most cost-effective UK city in which to study, an annual student poll suggested today.

RBS to sell 318 branches to Santander

Royal Bank of Scotland announced today that it has reached a deal to sell 318 branches to Spanish banking giant Santander.

Strauss's one-day side remain a work in progress

Just hang fire on that ticker-tape parade and put the open-top bus back in the garage. Suddenly, thoughts of witnessing an Ashes and World Cup double in the space of a few months this coming winter look a touch optimistic, unless of course you happen to be Australian.

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