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Alastair Cook brings glad tidings with 126 against South Africa A

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Alastair Cook is 31 on Christmas Day and, while his double dose of festivities will be tempered by the tedium of a training session and a press conference before the first Test with South Africa in Durban, the England captain will at least be free of any anxiety over his own form and that of his fellow batsmen.

Barclays fine inspires change

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Barclays’s $150m fine has inspired the chief of one foreign-exchange platform to change its rule book, a sign of how regulatory action is reshaping the world’s biggest market.

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Jim Slater, who has died aged 86, was so successful for a few years during the 1960s financial bubble that he was nicknamed “the Master” by the financial press.