Cricket writer was stunned to find his bank honoured payment of A$99,983.64Complaints about the price of a pint are nothing new but an Australian journalist has more reason than most to gripe, after being charged more than £55,000 for a beer in a Manch…Read more
Because he played for his national team in Afghanistan it says he can’t play for usI help run an amateur cricket club which, last year, welcomed a young asylum seeker from Afghanistan. He was keen to get involved in the sport and make new friends. None…Read more
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Richard Thaler’s theory has helped “bring forward more than £200m for the government in one year” (Academic who steered Cameron towards healthy ‘nudge unit’ awarded Nobel prize, 10 October). A magnificent sum of £3 per head of population. I will be impressed when it can help collect the billions of tax that is currently being unpaid by multinationals trading within the UK and the EU. “Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more”!
• If Keith Flett (Letters, 12 October) is to wage a class war, he ought to pick a better target than Andrew Adonis, whose mother deserted the family, leaving the father unable to cope. Adonis was taken into care at the age of three. Whatever he has achieved – Oxford, journalism, writer, government minister – he has done through his own gifts and efforts.
Limpsfield Chart, Surrey
Broadcaster understood to have entered into exclusive talks, after winning bidding war with rival BT
Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season.
The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m.Read more
If the players were operating individually, they’d be stuffed – and so are Australian workers in general, if they want higher wage growth
At the moment one of the most visible industrial disputes in Australia is occurring between Cricket Australia and its players, represented by the Australian Cricketers Association. And while the issues at stake are complex, among the consequences is the issue of the marketing of players. But regardless of what the dispute might do to the ability for cricket players – or Cricket Australia – to make money hawking fast food chicken, the players’ actions are a wonderful advertisement for joining a union.
Union membership in this country is at historic lows. The latest figures suggest just 13% of all workers are in a trade union – 25 years ago it was around 40%.Read more
Broadcaster to launch themed channels for football, golf and cricket, with cheapest package costing £18 a month
Sky is scrapping its numbered sports channels and replacing them with themed offerings focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket – as it combats falling viewer numbers with a branding revamp and a cheaper viewing package.
The retirement of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 and the introduction of a new package two-thirds cheaper than current prices represents a major shakeup of the strategy that has made Rupert Murdoch’s Sky a pay-TV powerhouse.Read more
Extreme heat endangers cricketers yet the bank is Australia’s most significant private investor in climate-change-inducing fossil fuels
Contrary to most expectations, the Australia-India Test series is proving to be an absolute cracker, with the teams locked together 1-1 going into the decider that begins on Saturday in Dharamsala.
Australian commercial sponsors of sport must always be delighted when the results are close, wherever they are played. Excitement means more viewers, leading to greater brand recognition for the “proud sponsor”. One of only two “platinum partners” of Cricket Australia, the Commonwealth Banksponsors the national game at all levels.Read more
Former Australian test captains say opposition to mine in Australia could affect sporting ties with India, in letter directly appealing to Adani boss
Australian cricketing greats Ian and Greg Chappell have signed an open letter calling on Indian billionaire Gautam Adani to abandon his company’s proposed Queensland coalmine.
The Chappells, well-known through their sporting exploits in India where the Australian team is currently playing, joined 90 prominent Australians in the letter, which will be delivered to Adani’s head office on Thursday.Read more
Scottish £1 note | Women’s boxes | Beware small mouths | Anglo-Saxon beginnings | Weetabix with margarine and golden syrup
As an Englishman resident in Scotland for more than 50 years, I have never felt the slightest “shame … reserved for those who try to spend Scottish notes south of the border” (Time to cash in, G2, 18 January). I have, however, on two occasions, handed over a Royal Bank of Scotland £1 note in England and been offered change for a fiver.
• The passing of Rachael Heyhoe Flint, the former England women’s cricket captain, (Report, 19 January) reminds me of her wonderful reply when asked if women wore protective boxes, the same as male cricketers do. Yes, she said, but we call them man-hole covers.
Harold Wood, Essex
My father, Bill Ogilvie, who has died aged 87, was a senior social welfare officer for the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation until his retirement in 1989. He worked with miners who were disabled, or approaching retirement, liaising with rehabil…Read more