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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.

Strauss blames confidence for ODI woe

England have run out of chances to turn their one-day batting around and face a landslide NatWest Series defeat unless they respond immediately.

Broad set to miss third ODI

England all-rounder Stuart Broad has been granted a few days rest and will not feature in tomorrow's third NatWest series match against Australia at the Rose Bowl.

James Moore: RBS cuts cost of bouncing a cheque or two

Outlook: The move is good news for consumers

Rhiannon Harries: What to have? Why not start with service with a smile...

One area of my finances which I can't say has taken too severe a hit in the recession (unless, of course, you happen to be the person with whom I discuss the state of my bank account at NatWest) is my "entertainment" budget. By which, I'm afraid I mean what I spend on the ephemeral pleasures of eating and drinking out, rather than anything with a lasting intellectual or spiritual legacy, such as the theatre or a good book.

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Outlook So congratulations on the new job, Dr Nigel Wilson. The finance chief at United Business Media is to take on the same role at a rather bigger beast: Legal & General. How long that beast can thrive in the wild, though, is open to question. It wasn't so long ago that L&G was a tiger – sleek, fit and dynamic. Under Sir David Prosser it made a habit of defying City expectations on the upside. His strategy was simple: focus the company on doing its job better than rivals and ignore the siren calls of investment bankers. It worked, too, and L&G significantly grew its market share at the expense of rivals who either fell by the wayside or concentrated on doing deals rather than serving their customers.

Questions Of Cash: 'Should NatWest have refunded my overdraft charges?'

Q. I wrote a cheque for £900, which was picked up by the payee on 10 March. It was cashed and cleared from my account on 12 March. I made out the cheque on the basis that I understood it takes three to five days for it to clear: in this instance it took only two. If it had been cleared on the third day the funds would have been in my account. I was outraged to find that NatWest bounced my cheque and charged me £38 for doing so. NatWest then put the cheque through again, without notifying me and this again put me over my overdraft limit. But I only went over my overdraft limit because of the £38 charge. I had been unable to get to my bank branch to put more money in as I was studying for my masters/diploma and holding a job. My time is very valuable to me and I have found this whole experience to be very inconvenient and infuriating. It is utterly disgusting that the bank thinks it is acceptable to charge a customer so much money for its incompetence. NatWest says it will only refund the charge if there was an error by the bank – which, it says, there was not. Is it acceptable for NatWest to clear funds from my account after only two days? Should it have shown some professional judgement and understood that I had money coming into my account the following day? AK, Dartford.

Beginner's Guide To: Student Current Accounts

As the start of a new university year beckons, students offer rich pickings for the banks. However, just because a provider is offering discounts in your favourite shop, or tickets to a gig, does not mean their account will be the best for you in the long run. Below is a guide to how to pick a student account that best suits your needs.

'No miracles' warning as bank shares slump

Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester today warned the part-nationalised bank's long haul back to health had only just begun as shares in the firm tumbled.

Consumer Rights: Phishing scam took my family's financial future

Reader fights for compensation after suffering £20,000 fraud ... The true price of debt management companies

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Overdrafts and freebies: welcome to student banking

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Spotlight: 5% Regular Saver from RBS and NatWest

There's another new option for savers seeking to maximise returns during the current low interest rate environment. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group is launching a Regular Saver Account paying 5 per cent.

David Adjaye: Downfall of the showman

They called him the 'starchitect' – the brilliant young designer with a host of celebrity clients. Now his practice is fighting insolvency

Richard Ingrams’s Week: Schools learnt the wrong lesson from Soham tragedy

Following the infamous Soham murder case of 2002, when a school caretaker Ian Huntley was found guilty of murdering two girl pupils, the customary inquiry was put into motion. As often happens, it ignored the most important question, which was how Huntley was taken on by the school in the first place, and instead proposed a whole range of petty new regulations to stop the same sort of thing from happening again.

O2 enters personal finance market with NatWest

O2, the British mobile phone unit of Spain's Telefonica launched Britain's first cash-card service from a mobile operator on today to give itself a foothold in the promising mobile-money market.

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