The fourth game of the series takes place at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Friday, with an 11.30am GMT start, 1.30pm local, a day-night game. South Africa won the third game at Centurion on Tuesday to pull back to 2-1 behind in the five match series

Recommendation England to win the fourth ODI at 11/10 Bet365

Chasing 318 on a pitch that looked like it might be getting more difficult they put on over 200 for the first wicket and won comfortably. There were three centuries in the game and for the first time England’s deep bowling attack had no answers to the blistering form of De Kock (who became the youngest batsman to hit 10 ODI centuries) and the more measured style of Hashim Amla.

In style, the fourth game on Friday in Johannnesburg should see a similar type of game. For a start it is also at altitude, and with a fast outfield batsmen are going to get full value for their shots. With the regulations already favouring the batting side, a high scoring game is likely This is the ground where South Africa chased 438 to beat Australia a decade ago and wouldn’t be surprised to see 350+ here as a first inning score.

Once again this is a day-nighter, and a reminder that outside the UK sides batting first winning the toss win these games at a 60% rate, batting in natural light with first use of good pitches and then defending often high scores when the side batting second is under lights.

At Centurion at the half way stage 318 was felt to be a winning score but the South African opening batsmen soon altered that view. England are certainly a fast developing one day side but perhaps they lack a real strike bowler amongst their seamers which occasionally tells as it did on Tuesday. I would expect a couple of changes for the England line up for this game, with Jordan once again disappointing. Te team looks stronger with Stuart Broad as one of the six bowlers.

Odds for this game are slightly different than before Centurion, where we backed South Africa at near evens. Best prices available are

South Africa 4/5 Ladbrokes or Coral
England 11/10 Bet365 or Skybet

England’s powerful batting line up, with 10 genuine batsmen all capable of scoring heavily, is their main strength and they have more depth in this regard than South Africa who lack the same number of game-changing all-rounders so are often faced with the choice of dropping a batsman to get a genuine fifth bowler at the team, or playing the extra batsman and trying to get through the fifth bowler’s overs with part-timers. This leaves them vulnerable if the key batsmen (De Kock, Amla and De Villiers) and bowlers (Rabada and Morkel) do not come off, which is possible in any game

Now England are underdogs again, they are worth supporting once more.

Recommendation England to win the fourth ODI at 11/10 Bet365