At least the demolition was brief. Morne Morkel might be considered by some to be at mentally fragile as Steve Harmison, but in helpful conditions he looked as quick and nasty as the Durham and England paceman at his best.

On the same pitch on which England’s pacemen toiled hard against the superior South African batting, Morkel and Dale Steyn (back to looking like a bowler who should be top of the world rankings) made test match batting look like the dangerous job it was for Englishmen in the 1980s and 90s. Wayne Parnell also looked a handful on debut.

Paul Collingwood was again superb, the only one of England’s batsmen who looked like they had the ticker for a scrap.

1 – 1 is probably a fair result for the series, although South Africa will be ruing the fact they haven’t won it.

While England’s bowlers, this test excepted, largely performed, the same cannot be said of the batsmen.

Swann has had a terrific series with the ball, while Anderson, Onions and Broad performed very credibly. Balance has proved problematic however, with the lack of a fourth seamer a glaring issue.

Of the batsmen, only Collingwood and Bell have come out of this series with improved credentials. That might be harsh on Cook, who had his moments, but there were not enough of them.

Strauss, Pietersen, Trott and Prior did not live up to their respective billings. Again, it might be harsh on Trott, who had played only one match prior to this series, but with the openers not blunting the new ball he looked exposed at 3.

Assuming the current opinion that only Strauss of the batters will be rested for Bangladesh, I’m sure the likes of Trott and Pietersen will fill their boots. They need too.