Charles Reynolds

Charles Reynolds is a freelance writer and journalist specialising in sport and the arts. He writes the Premier League previews for The Independent online and writes regularly for The Sport Review.

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Ben Stokes trudges off after his latest batting failure for England as Ishant Sharma celebrates one of his seven wickets

England vs India second test comment: The batting collapse is as English as rainy picnics or the Archers

Even for a nation whose history is littered with famous batting meltdowns, this is a particularly dismal run for England

England's Captain Alastair Cook walks back to the pavilion after getting out for 22 runs

England vs India comment: Captain Cook's ship is taking on water fast

It was not always so difficult for Alastair Cook. His first five Tests as captain yielded four centuries, three of them in tricky Indian conditions, as England claimed a historic series win.

Cook, Joe Root and Ian Bell celebrate after Matt Prior took the catch of India's Cheteshwar Pujara

England v India: In the space of 25 minutes, Test match cricket showed just what it is all about

Hosts find themselves back in the game after a late flurry

James Anderson and Stuart Broad were guilty of wasting the early overs

England v India: Hosts fail to make the most of favourable conditions on a day of missed opportunities

Second Test evenly poised with all results still looking possible

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From Copacabana to Kolkata - fans of the Albiceleste are out in force

Brazil vs Netherlands World Cup 2014: Jasper Cillessen becomes latest player to spark series of internet memes

Photoshopped pictures of the Dutch goalkeeper went viral

Brazil vs Netherlands World Cup 2014: Dirk Kuyt had head wound stapled during third-place play-off match

Dutchman sustained a head injury during match with Brazil

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World Cup 2014 final - Germany vs Argentina team news: Angel Di Maria extremely doubtful for final after further injury setback

Midfielder was in line for shock return to line up before latest injury

Lionel Messi and Thomas Muller have shone brightest for Argentina and Germany respectively on their way to the World Cup final

World Cup 2014 final - Germany vs Argentina: Which league has the most players in tonight's final?

Where do all the protagonists in tonight's big game play their club football?

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