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Joe Root

Opener Joe Root top-scored with 81 in the fourth ODI but it was not enough to stave off a six-wicket defeat to Bangladesh A in Sylhet

Opening batsman Joe Root conceded England Lions have a point to prove after losing the one-day series to Bangladesh A with a game to spare.

Root top-scored with 81 in the fourth meeting between the sides but could not stave off a six-wicket defeat which handed the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead.

That result rendered tomorrow's fifth one-day international as a dead rubber but Root insists the Lions will be hell-bent on finishing the 50-over leg of the tour with a flourish.

"We have something to prove in this last game," Root told ecb.co.uk.

"We are very disappointed to have lost the series. We've played some good cricket in patches but haven't put it together in one game. We haven't shown what a good side we are."

After falling behind in the series, the Lions moved to Sylhet knowing they needed to win the fourth ODI to keep the series alive.

Batting first, the tourists lost Alex Hales and captain James Taylor early but Root forged promising partnerships with Tom Maynard and Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow to reignite hopes of a large total.

But, having reached 151 for three, the Lions lost the remaining seven wickets for just 57 runs and were bowled out for a modest 208.

Boosted by Imrul Kayes' wonderfully crafted 110 not out, Bangladesh A coasted to victory with 28 deliveries remaining.

"The problem was that we lost wickets at crucial times," reflected Root.

"It's not easy when you lose early wickets but after building partnerships we lost wickets. The difference between us and them was Kayes batted all the way through the innings. He paced it very well. It was a very mature innings.

"I felt good at the crease. The longer you stay at the crease the easier it gets to bat. We haven't faced the full 50 overs yet this tour so that was my main aim. Unfortunately we didn't manage that."

Just 21 years old and with only 18 first-class games under his belt, Root is still in the embryonic stages of a career full of potential.

While results have not gone to plan in Bangladesh, Root insists the experience has been a positive one as he continues to develop as a cricketer.

"This tour has helped me massively," he said.

"Any experience you get on tour helps you. Out here, with the games starting at 9am, the first 10 overs of each innings are totally different for an opening batsman. You have to adapt quickly."

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