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There are 15 champions in Dwayne Bravos Champion. Nolan Ryan Jersey . Four are cricketers. None are current members of West Indies Test team. Even little brother Darren finds no mention in the song.West Indies have won three ICC tournaments this year. Under-19 World Cup? Champions. Womens World T20? Champions. Mens World T20? Champions. But they havent won a Test series against anyone other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, home or away, since August 2012.West Indies most recent Test series ended in January. They lost 2-0, and, but for rain, could have lost 3-0. In that series, Australia ran up totals of 583 for 4 declared in Hobart, 551 for 3 declared and 179 for 3 declared in Melbourne, and 176 for 2 declared in rain-ravaged Sydney. They scored their runs at 4.67 runs per over.Champions, West Indies bowlers definitely were not. Above the dressing rooms at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua runs a strip of sans-serif capital letters. Sir Andy Roberts End, it says. At the opposite side of the ground, above the press box, is another strip of capital letters. Sir Curtly Ambrose End.Between them, those two took 607 wickets in 145 Tests at a combined average of 22.53, with 33 five-wicket hauls and five ten-wicket match hauls.On Thursday, when West Indies begin a four-Test home series against India, their squad will contain four fast bowlers with a total of 56 wickets in 31 Tests at a combined average of 40.39, and not a single five-wicket haul.West Indies have lost Jerome Taylor to Test retirement, and have ignored Kemar Roach. While both were abject in Australia - they combined for two wickets an average of 252.00, and gave away 5.79 runs per over - no team can easily replace a new-ball pair with 252 wickets and the experience of 83 Tests, even a pair as capricious, frustrating and injury-prone as Taylor and Roach.Fast bowlers win or lose Test matches, and West Indies enter their latest home season with a pace attack that is a candidate for being their weakest ever: Carlos Brathwaite, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins.It isnt as if West Indies dont have other issues. They have dropped a wicketkeeper-batsman with 74 Tests behind him, and - Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo aside - have a top order full of question marks, the biggest among them hanging over the head of Marlon Samuels, who has been on a sensational run of limited-overs form of late, but hasnt passed 20 once in his last nine Test innings.But it is the bowling that will worry them the most, coming up as it will against the quality of Indias batting line-up and pitches that are likely to be slow and demand long spells of sustained pressure. In recent times, West Indies bowlers have not been particularly good at delivering those kinds of spells.One of the words that were going to harp on a lot is how patient we are, because we tend to get bored of bowling [at] one place and doing well and not getting wickets, so we try something [else], their head coach Phil Simmons said on Tuesday. So were going to harp on this, trying to be patient and do the things that were doing well, continuously, so that we get the wickets, and same thing with batting. You bat long and you stick around, you work hard and youll get the just reward at the end.Two days before the first Test, the West Indies team management tried to hammer this point home in the design of their net session. The quick bowlers net had an extra stump in it, nailed down on a fifth-stump line a couple of feet behind the wicket. Right through the net session, the only thing the fast bowlers attempted to do was bowl in the channel outside off stump, and the batsmen facing them tried to leave as many balls as they could. The wall of netting behind the batsmen shook violently, again and again and again. Every now and then, the fifth stump went for a spin.The effort was real, and palpable, but translating that sort of discipline into an actual match environment is a challenge of an entirely different magnitude. It will only take one bad session to remind West Indies that they are the eighth-best Test team of the nine that make up the rankings, and that they occupy that lowly spot at a time when there is talk of splitting Test cricket into two tiers.These are not good times for West Indies Test cricket, and the road uphill is steep.For all that, India cannot simply show up and expect to win. They won their last two Test series in the Caribbean, in 2006 and 2011, but only by 1-0 margins, and both those series reinforced their long-held status as a team that has always struggled away from home, seldom asserting their dominance even against weaker opposition. The last Test match they played in these islands, in Dominica, summed it up perfectly: the captains shook hands and agreed to a draw when India needed 86 runs to win, in 15 overs, with seven wickets in hand. India were content with a 1-0 win.India, began ESPNcricinfos final-day report of the Test match, will have to wait until 2016 to win more than one Test in a series in the Caribbean - a feat theyve never achieved.Indias Test captain Virat Kohli, still fairly new at his job, is an ambitious man. So is their new head coach. They will want a series win, first and foremost, regardless of the margin, but they have surely set their sights a little higher than that. Cheap Rangers Jerseys China . Instead of dwelling on the negative, Oates focused on what was good about the clubs recent play. It worked. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic . PETERSBURG, Fla. . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. ESPN rounds up all the reaction from up and down the Hockenheim paddock following Friday practice for the 2016 German Grand Prix.MercedesNico Rosberg: A good start to the weekend. Its great to be back here in Hockenheim at this historic track. The tarmac is old, so the way the tyres work is completely different to in Hungary where the tarmac was new. Here its much more snappy and more of a challenge. But in general our car was working well out there today. Saying that, in Hungary we were very quick on Friday but then on Saturday and Sunday everyone was very close. So, we are warned by that to not get over-excited on a Friday. Its a good start but well see more tomorrow.Lewis Hamilton: Its been a very chilled Friday. The weather has been good and the track feels great. Its the original track surface, so its nice and bumpy and has lots of character. We had a fairly straightforward two sessions today. No real surprises and a good first step for the weekend. Well see where we are in qualifying tomorrow.Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical): A good day to start the weekend, with no major issues on either side of the garage, a full programme completed and our pace looking reasonably good. The main focus has been on understanding the Soft and Supersoft tyres - particularly on long runs, to see which race strategies will make most sense on Sunday. There was a little bit of stress this afternoon with race direction concerning track limits at T1 - particularly concerning Lewis position with two reprimands already to his name - so we compromised our programme somewhat to ensure that he avoided a third. Overall, though, its great to be back at the Hockenheimring and were looking forward to a good battle in qualifying tomorrow.FerrariSebastian Vettel: Overall the outcome of the two sessions has been positive, but we still need to improve our car overnight and do some steps forward. I think the one-lap speed was ok, I havent seen much from the long runs, I have spent most of the afternoon on Soft tires and they were lasting quite long, so I think overall it was ok but we still have to improve. We have to work on the set up of the car, and bring it a bit better together, so that the car feels better for me on track and it suits my driving, then I can attack better and more. As for the new rules on radio communications, it makes it easier for us, in terms of remembering, so I think it is a straightforward decision.Kimi Raikkonen: On Friday its always difficult to have a clear idea of where you are, from tomorrow well understand more, but the session today was not too bad. For sure theres some work to be done to improve, but more or less we are about there. Obviously we want to be in the front, so this evening we are going to focus on fixing some things and improve in certain areas, then Im sure well be ok.WilliamsValtteri Bottas: Today was quite a standard Friday to be honest. Weve been doing shorter and longer runs to try out the front wings and get information on the tyres. Everything we needed to do today we managed to complete. Personally, I think we can be better than this and Im sure we can be more competitive going into tomorrow. Qualifying is going to be very close because the track here is quite short so the time differences are going to be very small.Felipe Massa: It was a very difficult Friday to be honest. I struggled to find a good balance with the car and to understand how the tyres are working around here. It also wasnt a good day in terms of laptimes as we struggled with the consistency of the tyres. Theres definitely work that we need to do ahead of FP3 and qualifying tomorrow.Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We concentrated on aerodynamic testing for most of the morning, focussing on the front wings in particular. We looked at the different specifications of the different front wing packages across the two cars. In the afternoon we concentrated on tyre work. Were a little bit out of position on low fuel runs.On the high fuel runs its slightly better but the fields a little bit mixed up so its very difficult to tell. Well have a clearer picture tomorrow, but I think weve probably got a bit of work to do tonight. The good thing is that the areas we need to work on are very clear. Weather wise I think its going to be a straightforward weekend and if it does rain tomorrow then it shouldnt be too heavy as far as our forecasts are showing.Red BullDaniel Ricciardo: I enjoy the track around here actually. Its cool and its got pretty good flow. The last sector is fun, but its tricky with the tyres. Youve got some tight corners which seem to be harder on the rear tyres but then the last sector has got a lot of longer corners where you can hurt the front, so trying to balance the car isnt always easy. But I felt we got on top of it more in FP2 so Im pretty happy where we are now.We looked quite close to the Mercs on high fuel so that was promising. This afternoons race stint looked really good so if we can replicate what we did then on Sunday I think we can have a strong chance in the race. Im obviously trying to keep up with all the rule changes but Ive never been too fussed really. I think if its the same rules for everyone then lets go and race and deal with what weve got.Max Verstappen: A good start to the day and weekend in general. The first session I was learning the lap with the car, we had a bit of front locking that we will hopefully get rid of tomorrow. The second session was good, definite progress from the first as I continued to learn the track and get used to the car here. Everyone knows this track is quite hard on the tyres so no real surprises there. We are not too far off Mercedes, we are matching Ferrari and the long runs were all pretty positive.We will have to wait and see how some of the rules work, from what I have heard in general it shouldnt be too bad. I think the radio rules make it nicer for the fans so they can hear what is going on and not just listen to commentary. I think the fastest way around the track is within the track limits so we will try and keep to that. I dont mind what the other drivers have said about last weekend, Im happy and confident with my driving and defending, they can talk to me if they want but I dont feel any pressure from them.Force IndiaNico Hulkenberg: I am pretty happy with today and it was a fairly straightforward start to the weekend. We ran all morning on the medium compound, which looks like a good tyre, and we worked with the soft and supersoft this afternoon. The pace looks alright and I felt pretty comfortable in the car, especially in the second session as the track improved. Theres obviously still quite a bit of work to get where we want to be, but overall its a positive start and I am looking forward to building on it.Sergio Perez: It think we were the only team to run the medium compound today alongside the soft and supersoft, which allowed us to get a lot of data about each of the three different tyres. The mediums are performing quite well, which is a bit of a welcome surprise. Its still early, but I think the weekend has a lot of potential and were in a good position to make the most of it. There are still some areas to improve when it comes to car balance, but we should be able to sort it overnight after looking at the data we collected.Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal: We are feeling happy with the work weve carried out carry out today, but we remain cautious because the temperatures werent as high today as what we are expecting for the rest of the weekend. We evaluated the three different tyre compounds and the updates we brought to the car for this race, and we were able to complete our programme without any issue. The drivers were happy with the balance of the car right from the start, so we were able to concentrate on fine-tuning the set-up to get the most performance out of the VJM09. In the end, we got some positive feedback and thats always good.RenaultJolyon Palmer: This morning was pretty easy for me as I wasnt in the car so this afternoon was pretty full. We ran a good number of laps in the afternoon - the joint highest tally - but its fair to say we still have some improvements to be made with the car. The good thing is we have a lot of data and as we saw in Budapest it is possible to unlock quite a bit more pace.Kevin Magnussen: I completed plenty of laps today and we didnt have any issues with the car, which is always promising. We do have a few areas to work on but we did make decent progress through the day. We can make some improvements on how we use the supersoft tyre and with our brake balance too. Thats all part of the work we do on Friday then overnight ahead of tomorrows final practice and qualifying.Esteban Ocon: We managed to go through all the test items we were supposed to do and Im happy with my performance throughout the session. I was the same speed as Kevin which is very promising; I was quite pleased with that. We had a little issue with the power steering but didnt lose much time because of that; I think it went well overall.Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer: A good days work. We completed a promising run programme with plenty of laps from all three drivers. We finished pretty much all of our planned assessments which means we have all the information we require to make an educated decision on direction for qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday.Toro RossoCarlos Sainz: It was good to drive here for the first time with an F1 car - it was obviously quite challenging, but I enjoyed it. The conditions out there today were tricky, especially with the wind that picked-up during this afternoons FP2 and there was also a bit less grip on track. We dont look too bad here, but we still need to keep finding time - I think the others could improve massively for tomorrow and we have to make sure we do the same. Its very competitive out there and the long straights dont make it easy for us, but this doesnt mean we wont stop working on it! Im feeling positive and I look forward to the rest of the weekend.Daniil Kvyat: It was quite a clean Friday, something we had been missing for a while, so we definitely have a good baseline for the rest of the weekend. Of course, we still have a few bits and pieces to digest aand to correct for tomorrow and if we do it right we should get better and better. Wholesale Rangers Jerseys. I felt quite good in the car and I enjoy driving here, its a pleasant track from the good old days.Phil Charles, Chief Race Engineer: We fitted a new aero package today and as usual this requires some specific and dedicated runs to confirm it performs as expected. I am pleased to say that so far all the analysis done has given green lights - although, as always, we will need some time to really tweak and optimise around what the package brings us - and that was true between FP1 and FP2 today. In terms of our performance, I think it is again very tight in the mid pack and I had perhaps hoped to be a little more competitive here than we are.It is no secret that we have tended to rank a little on the low side recently in the speed trap rankings and this has been a significant source of lap time loss to our competitors today. Unfortunately, this has become quite a recurrent pattern as other power units have received upgrades in recent races. As a result, todays setup work has focused somewhat on trying to maximise performance around what the new package brings us, but also to get a good compromise of a raceable package from an overtaking point of view for Sunday, without compromising cornering performance. Daniil has performed relatively well today after taking a new direction on the setup side - I am hopeful this will pay dividends tomorrow and on Sunday as well.SauberFelipe Nasr: It was a difficult day for me. I did not feel comfortable in the car. The handling as well as the driveability of the car is quite weak at the moment. We were not able to get the tyres to work properly, likewise with the set-up of the car. We will look into different areas of the car to understand where the issues come from. We need to sort it out for the rest of the weekend.Marcus Ericsson: Its been a decent Friday. I was able to run a good amount of laps in both sessions. We tried the new rear wing again in FP1, and finally see the numbers we want to. We will continue with our indepth analysis, but it seems to be a step forward. We also plan to keep this rear wing for the rest of this weekend, which is a positive sign. Lets see where we stand tomorrow.McLarenFernando Alonso:?It was a nice way to celebrate my birthday here with the team - we spend 200 days a year alongside each other, so that was a fantastic feeling. I now need to focus on the weekend and help improve our pace a little. We felt competitive straight away in the first session -- more than in the second, where we lost some performance. But we might need to go back on some set-up changes and find a way to improve the car for tomorrow.For this weekend, we need to be realistic: there are three teams that are a little bit quicker than everyone else, then, behind them, theres a close fight. If we want to beat our direct competitors, we need to get everything right - but thats likely to prove a little more difficult than it did in Hungary. Still, Id hope and expect that we can score points on Sunday.Jenson Button:I was driving down the pit straight when I got something in my eye. It wasnt stuck in my eye, but it was a foreign body, which the hospital washed out and removed. It scratched my eye, so Ive been given some eyedrops - but all is good. I dont know what it was - maybe a piece of carbon dust, which has happened to me before.The session was okay - the car didnt feel too bad at all - but I had to stop early because of the problem. The aim for the remainder of the weekend is to be up there behind the top three teams.Eric Boullier, McLaren Racing Director:?Its not been the smoothest of days for us today. Neither Jenson nor Fernando really found the perfect balance, and there were a handful of minor issues that affected progress on both sides of the garage. Nevertheless, we think weve found a pretty good baseline to carry forward for the remainder of the weekend, and well be digging through the data this evening to ensure that we hit the ground running tomorrow morning.Obviously, it was the right decision that Jenson went for a check-up on his eye. He complained of an irritation in his left eye during one of his FP2 runs, and chose to visit the circuit medical centre for a check-up. He was then transferred to a local hospital for a more detailed analysis, and its there that the doctors removed a small foreign body from his eye.Its not been the smoothest of days for us today. Neither Jenson nor Fernando really found the perfect balance, and there were a handful of minor issues that affected progress on both sides of the garage.Nevertheless, we think weve found a pretty good baseline to carry forward for the remainder of the weekend, and well be digging through the data this evening to ensure that we hit the ground running tomorrow morning. Obviously, it was the right decision that Jenson went for a check-up on his eye. He complained of an irritation in his left eye during one of his FP2 runs, and chose to visit the circuit medical centre for a check-up. He was then transferred to a local hospital for a more detailed analysis, and its there that the doctors removed a small foreign body from his eye.Yusuke Hasegawa, Honda R&D Co Ltd Head of F1 Project & Executive Chief Engineer:?Todays free practice sessions ran smoothly for the most part. Jenson had a minor eye irritation during FP2, but thankfully after a precautionary hospital check a foreign body was removed. Our testing programme today focused on both the power unit and chassis set-ups to suit the nature of this power-orientated track.It is Hondas first outing at the Hockenheimring so our engineers were busy in both sessions to fine-tune the power units characteristics, but thanks to some trouble-free running, we were able to accumulate and refine a good amount of data. As usual, Fridays are busy for the team to ready the car for tomorrows qualifying, and we look forward to what the engineers will bring to the table.ManorPascal Wehrlein: We made some progress today. To begin with, my fastest lap time was on the soft tyres, so the lap time wasnt representative, but in second practice we were on the same strategy as everyone else and we arent far off the guys around us, so its a good sign. I hope we can improve for tomorrow. I really want to deliver a good job overall this weekend.Rio Haryanto: Coming to the Hockenheimring, we knew it would be challenging, but we are close to the cars around us and everything we have achieved today was pretty much as we expected. We will look at the data tonight and do our best in qualifying tomorrow. I think the tyre choice will be a challenge. Looking at the long runs today, it seems that the two tyre compounds are working very differently.Dave Ryan, Racing Director: A reasonably positive first day today. We managed to get a good read on the cars and now its a case of evaluating the data and deciding how best to tackle tomorrow. We appear to be fairly competitive versus the cars around us; its looking pretty close and another 0.2s would put us up to P16 based on how things stand this afternoon.HaasEsteban Gutierrez: It was a productive afternoon. We managed to complete our full program and got the most out of the time we had on track. Considering that Romain couldnt go out, it was good that we switched the plan to run the two compounds on longer runs which gathered important information for the race. Were happy with the mileage and tests we carried out and now we need to analyze all the data in order for us to optimize everything we can for tomorrow.Romain Grosjean: We tried a few things today, taking the time to assess the track as a new venue for us. We focused on understanding how the tires work here. Unfortunately, we had our issue in the afternoon so we couldnt do a long run, which is a bit of a shame. Theres plenty of work to be done tonight, including a few things were still investigating. We managed to try a few setups. Hopefully for tomorrow, well pick up the best option.Charles Leclerc: Its always amazing to be back in the Haas Formula One car. It was a good session. We did many laps with two new sets of softs and then a race simulation for 15 laps. So, it was many laps and a lot of experience. I learned a lot, so all good. Every time I jump in the car I have more confidence. Its only the third time I go in it. The car that feels less and less normal is the GP3 car because getting back to the GP3 car is a really big difference. Haas F1 Team is doing a great job. Its only their first year in Formula One. Its crazy what theyre doing for their first year in Formula One. Im really impressed by them. They will just keep improving, Im sure.Guenther Steiner, Team Principal: A very solid and standard FP1. Charles did a very good job in his third FP1 for us and we would like to thank him for that. Romain completed everything we needed to do this morning and we got all the data required. In the afternoon, Esteban was back in the car and was quickly up to speed working with the data collaborated earlier from Charles. We were going to split the work on the tires but, unfortunately, we had a water pipe break on Romains car and we had to stop him from going back out. Esteban stepped in and ran the test for both types of tires. Overall, we managed to get all the data we needed for tomorrow for FP3 and qualifying. Hopefully, well come back stronger in the morning.PirelliPaul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director: With the drivers not having been to Hockenheim for a couple of years, today was really all about reacquainting themselves with the track and collecting data that was relevant to the current performance levels of the 2016 cars and tyres. Despite some changeable and slippery conditions - especially in the morning - the teams generally achieved their objectives and weve got a lot of data to look at now. Its clear that the supersoft enjoys quite a notable performance advantage here, so naturally the teams have concentrated a lot on that, as well as maximising the opportunities offered by the soft tyres. However, theres still quite a lot of learning and analysis still to be done. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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