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Brits bowl bouncers at BHP

The Ashes, that historic struggle for cricket supremacy between Australia and England, is not due to start its next series until later this year, but on the stock market early this week there is a version of the Ashes being played out with BHP Billiton as the prize, rather than the remains of a bail in a small urn.

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The battle over the structure of BHP is looking as parochial as the struggle for the urn in the iconic Ashes series

England, as represented by London’s financial community and the British media, has opened the bowling with a decided swing towards breaking up the world’s biggest mining company, as proposed by US