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Joe Root confident of a good show in fourth ODI

Joe Root confident of a good show in fourth ODI
Joe Root has scored 215 runs from the three games in the series.
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England vice-captain Joe Root believes that his team can wrap-up the series with a win in the fourth One-Day International in Johannesburg despite being outplayed by South Africa in the previous game.

After defeating South Africa in the first two games of the series, England's bowling looked toothless in the third game in Centurion where the Proteas chased down 319 with ease riding on the centuries from Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla.

England's newly adopted positive brand of cricket under Eoin Morgan's leadership has fetched them successful results and Root believes the momentum will be with the men in blue when they take the field in Johannesburg. 

"We have played some fantastic cricket for six months now in this format of the game," said Root to Sky Sports News HQ.

"In that respect, we have got a lot of momentum and it is about making sure we keep building on everything we are doing and keep learning from our experiences.

"We must learn from the loss the other night and make sure that something like that doesn't happen again." 

The last time South Africa played an ODI at the Wanderers Stadium was against West Indies in January 2015 where 730 runs were scored from the 100 overs.

Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw scored fluent centuries while AB de Villiers went on the record books with a 31-ball century as South Africa posted 439 from the 50 overs. 

Considering the quality of strokemakers in either side, Root believes the fourth ODI will be no different as he expects another game dominated by batsmen.

"With the thin air, the ball flies further on the highveld and with good wickets and fast outfields, you're going to get big scores," he added.

"So if you get in, you've got to make sure you make the most of it.

“We've got some very hungry guys in our squad who are keen to make some big scores and put South Africa under pressure if we bat first." 

England coach Trevor Bayliss confirmed on Thursday that Stuart Broad will take the field in the fourth ODI after being on the sidelines for the first three games and Root believes the 29-year-old's experience will add a lot of value to the bowling department.

In his last appearance in this ground, Broad produced figures of 17 for six in the second innings to help England come from behind and win the third Test and seal the series as well.

"I am sure he will be desperate to come out there and play, especially after the way he performed out here last time," said Root.

"Stuart has played over 100 one-dayers for England and has huge amounts of experience. If he comes in, that knowledge is just one of the things he will bring.

"Centurion hasn't been a happy hunting ground on this tour, but Wanderers has been.

"So we hope we have a good feel about that next venue, and we can play well."

In the five games, England have played at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, they have managed to win and went on to lose the remaining three.

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