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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Joe Root on Day Three of the Test

England vs India comment: Quick changes in fortune should perhaps not come as such a surprise

England secured the series with victory on day three of the Fifth Test

Joe Root steals a single on day two of the fifth Test

England vs India fifth Test: Gary Ballance praises Joe Root as England's standout star through the summer following latest salvage

Root dug deep to prevent England suffering another batting collapse

Joe Root salutes the crowd as he reaches his half-century

England vs India fifth Test: Quiet optimism among the rebuilding work

The familiar England batting collapse threatened to surface once again had Buttler and Root not steadied the ship

Gautam Gambhir lasted less time in the middle than the pigeons in shot

Indian batsmen decide to take a national holiday at the Oval

First innings could not have gone worse for the tourists

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

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