Pat Cummins predicts India captain Virat Kohli will not score a century on their tour of Australia

Sudhir Gupta 10/07/2018
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Pat Cummins (right) is convinced Virat Kohli (left) will not score a century

Australia pacer Pat Cummins has made a bold prediction that Virat Kohli will not score a century against them when India tour Down Under later this year.

India will travel to Australia in November for a three-match T20I series, four Tests and three ODIs from November. The last time Kohli played in Australia, he struck four Test centuries, scoring 692 runs at 86.50.

But Cummins is convinced Kohli won’t be celebrating a single century on Australian soil.

“My brave, bold prediction … I’d say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we’re going to knock them off over here,” Cummins said at a Channel Seven function at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

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Nepal to make their ODI debut against Netherlands in August

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Historic moment: Nepal clinched ODI status in Zimbabwe

Nepal will play their first-ever ODI when they take on the Netherlands in August, it was confirmed.

The two nations will play on August 1 and 3 at Voorburg CC and VRA Ground in Amstelveen in a two-match series that follows a T20I at Lord’s on July 29.

Nepal secured ODI status until 2022 after finishing ahead of Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea in the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. For Netherlands, it will be the first ODI since 2014 after regaining the status following their World Cricket League Championship triumph.

Netherlands coach Ryan Campbell, said: “It’s going to be a fantastic series for both countries as it will be our first ODI since regaining our status lost in 2014, it will also be Nepal’s first ODI ever.

“These games also present us with another opportunity to expose our youngsters to top quality cricket and I’m excited to keep watching their development.”

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Aiden Markram is one of the future stars of South African cricket. The top order batsman had long been earmarked as not only a fine batsman but also a future captain.

And at the age of just 23, he was made the second youngest ODI captain for South Africa during the series against India earlier in the year. The Proteas lost that series 4-1 but Markram’s rise to the top was confirmed.

His form in Test cricket has been especially pleasing. His 94 in Centurion against India was superb and he raised the tempo in the ill-tempered series against Australia, churning out scores of 143, 84 and 152 as the Proteas won the series 2-1 and 3-1 respectively.

Which is why Markram’s sudden loss in form in red-ball cricket is a cause for concern. In his last six innings in red-ball cricket, Markram has been dismissed for a duck on four occasions. That includes three ducks batting for Durham in the county championship and a duck in the two-day warm-up match against Sri Lanka Board XI on Sunday.

Markram is a very important cog of the South African wheel and his form will be crucial in the Sri Lanka series that begins with two Tests. He represent the best of the next generation of South African cricketers and his alarming dip in form will be a cause of concern.

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