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West Indies go into their Test series against India with fans expecting more of what transpired in their recent series versus Australia and Sri Lanka. Cheap Jordans From China .The last time West Indies defeated India in Test cricket was in 2002, when under the coaching and captaincy leadership of Guyanese duo Roger Harper and Carl Hooper, they clinched a surprising 2-1 win that remains possibly their most significant series win this millennium.The story of this unexpected triumph dates back to the beginning of 2001. While West Indies decline was well underway, there was some cause for cheer that season when Hooper returned to international cricket after a premature retirement in 1999. India meanwhile were busy pulling off their remarkable 2-1 home series Test victory versus Steve Waughs mighty Australians.Though far from perfect, West Indies produced many encouraging performances under Hooper and Harper between the 2001 home series against South Africa and the 2003 World Cup, and were the most stable a West Indies team had been as a group since 1995 - the current T20 side under Darren Sammy excepted.In those early days of Sourav Gangulys captaincy, India had still not shed their reputation of being lions at home and pussycats abroad, underlined by them losing a Test away in Zimbabwe after that Australia series win. Still, with the players they had at their disposal, India seemed to have all the bases covered to clinch their first series victory in the Caribbean since 1971.For West Indies coach Harper, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Pedro Collins, that India series was the highlight of their playing and coaching careers, given West Indies less than stellar record before it and after. Although we won the 2004 Champions Trophy, beating India that year Id have to rank as the most memorable series Ive played in for the West Indies, Sarwan said.West Indies wasnt winning a lot, so to win at home versus such a strong Indian team was out of this world, and it meant a lot to the people of the Caribbean, Harper said. It was certainly a coaching highlight. It really helped to give our young team at the time some confidence that we could be competitive against top opposition.Javagal Srinath led Indias fast bowling attack on the tour. My memory of that wonderful series, although we lost, was the way Mervyn Dillon and Collins bowled and surprised us, he said. Then, well, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Hooper were a real pain to bowl to - they showed tremendous patience.During the first Test, in Guyana, India got an early glimpse of the Hooper and Chanderpaul show. If batting was a beauty contest, Hooper would be Miss World, it has been said in the Caribbean, and his double-hundred in Georgetown was his most clinical Test innings since he made 178 not out against Pakistan in Antigua in 1993. The way he dominated Anil Kumble was akin to Tendulkar humbling Shane Warne in India 1998.Carl Hooper put a lifetime of underachievement finally and firmly behind him yesterday, appropriately on the ground he has always called home, Tony Cozier wrote at the time. He went on to refer to it as belated vindication for the thousands of Hoopers celebrating fellow Guyanese in the stands and his host of loyal fans throughout the Caribbean who have always been adamant that it was only a matter of time, but for whom time was running short.For Chanderpaul the series was the turning point of his career. It was then that he began to own the nickname Tiger. Before it, he had scored just two Test hundreds and 23 half-centuries from 51 Tests, at the average of 38.60. By the end of the series, he had scored three more centuries, and he averaged 57.63 over the next 13 years and 113 Tests.Before the rain came to end the first Test, Rahul Dravid, batting at No. 5, produced a typical rearguard. Rahul played many great innings for India, especially overseas, said Srinath. You could say that was a bit of forgotten masterclass from him because we were under pressure before the rain came, when Sachin got out, to first avoid the follow-on and get close to West Indies total.Winning the second Test, in Trinidad, was very significant for India, as it was the first time they had won outside the subcontinent since defeating England at Leeds 16 years previously.Test victories outside Asia was something many of us had not experienced in our careers and wanted to get right, Srinath said. We started very well, winning in Trinidad in our attempts to rectify this on that tour, but unfortunately we couldnt maintain that level in the final three Tests. Harper noted he was encouraged by what he saw from his team, especially the bowlers, in the opening two Tests and was looking forward to the final three, two of which were in Barbados and Jamaica, the bounciest wickets of the series.It was in Bridgetown that India blew a famous chance of a win in 1997. Outside of that 1997 Test, in four of the five Tests played in Barbados from 1996 to 2001, West Indies bowled first and made major inroads in the first hour. India were shot out for 102.Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored his 29th Test hundred in the Trinidad win to equal Donald Bradman, could not negotiate Collins.I was very nervous, playing what was just my second Test in front of my home crowd, recalled Collins. Everyone in Barbados was hyped about seeing Tendulkar and I remember him getting a standing ovation coming out to bat.I remember I was going to my mark thinking I was bowling to the best batsman in the word, trying to stay relaxed. And the first ball I bowled at him, he edged, and that released all the pressure on me, so much that I felt the Test was over.Led by Dillon, who for perhaps the only time in his career bowled as a true leader of the attack, West Indies four-man pace attack (journeymen Cameron Cuffy and Adam Sanford completed the line-up) in the final three Tests pulled off a reasonable imitation of the great Caribbean quartets of the 70s and 80s.One of things we worked on with Dillon was cutting down on his no-balls, Harper said. He always had the ability to bowl wicket-taking balls, and everything simply was perfect for him that series.The imitation of the hostility of the West Indies attacks of yore was underlined in the high-scoring drawn Antigua Test, where Kumble had his jaw broken by Dillon but heroically decided to battle the pain and bowl.The bravery Anil showed that day didnt totally surprise me or the team, because it was the kind of attitude that defined his career, Srinath said. Its a clich√© that is often said: fight until the last drop of blood. And he epitomised that by bowling in that situation. Any sportsman watching that incident would have been inspired by it.Harper thought the long hours India spent on the field in Antigua played a key part in West Indies winning in Jamaica. After they spent all that time in the field, when they put us in and didnt get any early wickets at Sabina, the memories of those long hours began to tell on them as Chris Gayle and Wavell Hinds got us off to that positive start.With our batting, we felt once we had scored runs, we were going to be competitive, since India were still vulnerable away from home, Sarwan said. No doubt the way Hooper and Shiv batted was the major factor in us winning that series.While Srinath only played three more Tests after that series, he believes learning from the mistakes made on that 2002 tour helped India become better tourists. Ganguly as captain and all the other great players in the team made a conscious effort to do better away from home, and much of our away performances over the next decade after that West Indies series was testament to the effort they put in. Indeed, India produced their best string of away Test performances in their history in the decade after, which eventually saw them being ranked No. 1 in Tests at one point. Cheap Air Jordan .Y. - Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday night. Discount Air Jordan Sale . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. http://www.cheapjordanschinawholesale.com/ . Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indianas 103-86 win Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. PHILADELPHIA -- Joel Embiid took some inspiration from a 76ers great.Embiid scored 17 of his career-high 33 points in the third quarter and hit a pair of crucial free throws with 12.5 seconds left to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Brooklyn Nets 108-107 on Sunday night in a matchup of two of the leagues worst teams.Embiid added 10 rebounds and also dived over the first row in an effort to save a loose ball, a hustle play that thrilled Philadelphias gritty fans. A leading Rookie of the Year candidate, Embiid said plays like that are modeled after Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, who the 76ers honored during Friday nights game against the Lakers.A.I. kind of helped me with that, Embiid said. It was like, `Play like its your last game. Thats what I think Ive been doing. Im sorry for that person. I think I stepped on his shoulder. Im sorry, but Im going to give my all every time Im on the court.Embiid was 12 for 17 from the field, including 2 for 3 from beyond the arc, and 7 for 8 from the free-throw line.He wanted to dominate the game, Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.Ersan Ilyasova had 22 points for the 76ers, who snapped an eight-game home losing streak while winning for the third time in 13 games.Brook Lopez had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, who lost their ninth in a row on the road.We just couldnt get over the hump, Lopez said. I dont know if theres that much analysis to it.The Sixers (7-20) and Nets (7-19) are tied with Dallas and Minnesota for the fewest wins in the league.Philadelphia scored the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to take its largest lead, 94-86, with 9:09 remaining on Ilyasovas long jumper. Embiid, restricted to 28 minutes by the team, went to the bench at the tail end of the run. He re-entered with 4 1/2 minutes left and Philadelphia clinging to a 97-96 lead.Lopezs drive gave the Nets a 98-97 lead before Embiids 3-pointer from atop the key ended a nearly five-minute field goal drought and put Philadelphia in front 100-98 with 2:43 left.Lin later stripped Embiid with the Nets down by one, but Brooklyn failed on two attempts to go ahead -- Trevor Booker missed a 3-pointer and Sean Kilpatrick misfired on a short jumper.Embiid got thee rebound, was fouled and made both free throws with 12. Wholesale Authentic Jordans. 5 seconds left to give the 76ers a 104-101 lead. Lins tying 3-point attempt went off the rim.Lin, playing in his eighth game of an injury-riddled season, had 16 points.Joe Harris tied his career high with 19 points for the Nets.I like our competitive spirit, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. Thats been us all year. Were a team that fights and competes. Down the road, I think its going to pay off, that attitude and grit.EMBIID, OKAFOR STARTEmbiid and Jahlil Okafor started alongside each other for the third straight game. After saying Saturday that incorporating three big men -- Embiid, Okafor and Nerlens Noel -- into the lineup together would be an extreme challenge, Brown said before Sundays game that Noel only would play if Embiid or Okafor got in foul trouble.Okafor went 0 for 10 from the field with three points but had 11 rebounds.NOEL BENCHEDNoel complained about the crowded situation following Fridays 100-89 loss to the Lakers in which he scored two points in eight minutes.I think Im too good to be playing eight minutes, he said. Thats crazy. They need to figure this (stuff) out.Browns solution was to bench a healthy Noel, who missed the first 23 games while recovering from offseason knee surgery.He hasnt been part of us, Brown said. I dont believe at this moment (playing Noel) is best for our team.In his 2 1/2-year career, Noel has averaged 10.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 29.8 minutes per game. He didnt appear at all against the Nets.TIP-INSNets: Lopez played in his 511th game with the Nets, moving into fourth on the franchises career list. ... Brooklyn is 1-12 on the road this season.76ers: Nik Stauskas (left knee soreness) didnt play. ... Philadelphia shot 12 for 28 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range.UP NEXTNets: Look to end a four-game losing streak to the Raptors when they cap a three-game trip on Tuesday night in Toronto.76ers: End a four-game homestand on Tuesday night, looking for their second win this season over New Orleans after beating the Pelicans 99-88 on Dec. 8. ' ' '