What a terrific day of test cricket. After two days in which the Saffas crawled along, the test finally came to life with wickets and runs in a hurry.

It is difficult to imagine an England team without Graeme Swann right now, his performances this year have been truly heartening, but what is more, the manner in which he performs is a joy. He bowls, he bats and he fields, he gives good interviews, has a sense of humour, and has way more personality than the current Sports Personality of the Year.

After the batsman dug England into a hole, Swann took the attack back to the South African’s today with a sparkling knock, and even inspired Jimmy Anderson to stick around and play some great shots. Putting on more than a hundred for the ninth wicket dragged England back into the match, and grabbed the initiative.

Big day tomorrow, but if England can skittle them for under 200, its game on.

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