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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Questions Of Cash: Strange tale of the missing faulty ebook reader

Q. In January I purchased an Iriver Story e-book from Play.com for £179.99. In March, the screen went blank. I tried to contact Play.com, but it has a 28 days returns policy because they are in Jersey. I did not know this when ordering, assuming I had UK rights to return goods that went wrong. I therefore contacted Iriver, seeking to return this under warranty. It sent me an address in Germany, with a return authorisation number to put at the top of the package. I sent it at a cost of £12, insured for £200. After a week I contacted Iriver because I had heard nothing. It asked me for a copy of the postage receipts, which I scanned and emailed. It then told me I had sent it to their "old address" – but this was the specific address Iriver had emailed me the week before. Iriver said they were sorry and would contact me if it ever arrives – but I have heard nothing more and it seems unlikely the device will now be delivered. BM, Birmingham.

Strauss tells England to turn screw on Australia

England are under orders to give Australia no way back into the NatWest Series after opening up a 2-0 lead with three matches to play.

Santander sole bidder for RBS branches

Spanish banking giant Santander today confirmed its bid for more than 300 branches being sold off by part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland.

Shahzad aims to follow in Bresnan's footsteps

Ajmal Shahzad is only five months younger than Tim Bresnan but still looks up to his pathfinder for Yorkshire and now England. When Shahzad was left out of the NatWest Series squad last week, four days after his successful Test debut, it was because his fellow all-rounder Bresnan had made a quicker-than-expected recovery from a foot injury.

Youngsters improve money skills in recession

Two-thirds of young people think their money management skills have improved during the past year due to the recession, a survey showed today.

Norris loses battle in UK courts against extradition to the US

British Supreme Court rejects claim that trial will breach human rights

Royal Bank of Scotland to pay bonuses totalling £1.3bn

Royal Bank of Scotland is to pay bonuses totalling £1.3 billion to its investment bankers despite expectations of grim annual results tomorrow.

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Questions Of Cash: 'Shameful NatWest turned 87p debt into £400'

Q. Lloyds wrote to me in November, stating it was closing all my accounts. I have been with Lloyds for 12 years, have a overdraft facility, always been in credit and always had £5,000 to £17,000 in savings with them. I called the closure unit who said they were within their rights and did not have to provide a reason. I have spoken to several Lloyds' managers, who said they could not intervene.

Card payment glitch hits Egg website

Egg credit card customers have been unable to use certain debit cards to make repayments through the group's website for the past six weeks, it emerged today.

Quick-fix loans are tempting, but beware...

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Questions Of Cash: 'Dormant account ran up £400 charges'

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