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England captain Alastair Cook insists there is no lack of hunger to finish the job in style at Centurion.

England captain Alastair Cook insists there is hunger to finish job at Centurion

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England will begin the fourth Test against South Africa looking to secure a 3-0 series win and make light of AB de Villiers' critique of their side.

Although the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy has already been secured, captain Alastair Cook insists there is no lack of hunger to finish the job in style at Centurion.

And should any added incentive be needed it was provided by Proteas skipper De Villiers, who said England's batting was fragile and appeared to question the speed of their bowlers.

With Stuart Broad tearing through the hosts at Johannesburg where Steven Finn and Ben Stokes both topped 90mph, that placed record wicket-taker James Anderson in the firing line.

"I'm sure if Jimmy reads that he'll have a word to say," said Cook in response.

"It's a brave man to call Jimmy Anderson out but it spices it up a little bit doesn't it?

"I think he (De Villiers) is obviously trying to wind everything up to make it competitive."

For the tourists, there are team goals and individual aims to play for.

The likes of Alex Hales and James Taylor could do with a big score to cement their places, Cook goes in needing just 117 to become the first Englishman to 10,000 Test runs and Chris Woakes seems set to get a chance in place of the injured Steven Finn.

On a wider level, there is the chance to show a killer instinct that was absent when a beaten Australia salvaged some pride in a dead rubber at the Oval last August.

"I'm really looking forward to this week to see how people respond," said Cook.

"Last time we were up with the series won we didn't play our greatest game, so we've got an opportunity to see how far we've come.

"There's a lot to play for as a team and just as much personally for players who haven't scored quite the amount of runs or taken the wickets they'd have liked.

"Win, lose or draw it won't be down to our attitude."

As for Cook's own imminent landmark - he will become the 12th man in history to join the 10,000-run club - there was only a cursory nod.

"It would be lovely to score a hundred and get the milestone, but we can rest assured I'll be concentrating as much on trying to score a hundred and set up the game," he said.

"Those little things along the way are important but I'm not setting out for this match to score 117 runs, I'm setting out to score as many as I can and trying and win."

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