So I was wrong, on the whole England were pretty poor again, yet we didn’t lose. The reason why – well there were four – Collingwood, Swann, Anderson and Panesar. Collingwood gave a masterful display of defensive batting, and the tail provided stiff resistance against an Aussie attack that, while keen, tired as the day drew on.

And then, when he went with still plenty of time to go, the last pair resisted for nearly an hour. Surprising that Ponting gave the last overs from one end to Marcus North rather than a quick, however you’ll not find me complaining.

From the moment Pietersen left a straight one from Hilfenhaus England were in deep trouble, and it was backs to the wall from then on in. It’s not quite how I’d like England to play (they should have competed better earlier in the match) but you do have to admire how England escaped. Once the batsmen (Collingwood aside) decided they didn’t quite fancy it, you can only admire the way the tail resisted, and when you consider just how poor Anderson was and Monty probably still is with the bat, it makes their heroics even more remarkable.

So, nil-nil as they go to Lords, and it will be interesting to see how both sides turn around. England should be one-down, and hopefully this result should provide the kick up the backside required to perform properly in the next test.

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