South Africa keep England at bay
It might not have been the most compelling viewing we have ever seen on a cricket field, but the discipline and patience shown by South Africa's top order batsmen to save the Lord's Test was mighty impressive.
There will, sadly, be those who think that this was an example of tedious Test cricket, but that is a shallow observation.
We are lucky to enjoy a sport which can, in its various guises, accommodate all tastes, and the character shown by Neil McKenzie, who was at the crease for more than nine hours and had the slowest run rate ever by a Lord's centurion, was immense.
A real danger for England is the psychological fillip that South Africa will have gained from this great escape.
It has happened before, in Durban 1999, where South Africa replied with 572-7 in their second innings from 209 overs - considerably more than here - after following on.
The outcome was that England were deflated and physically spent while a rejuvenated South Africa responded by inflicting a heavy defeat on England in the New Year Test starting in Cape Town three days later.
With the second Test in this series at Headingley beginning on Friday, England must focus on the fact that they had South Africa on the back foot throughout this match.
They will be boosted by the return to the fold of Andrew Flintoff, who will introduce fresh legs as well as his cheerful, talismanic personality.
Despite their well earned draw, there are still serious concerns in the South African camp. Their bowling attack thoroughly underperformed, and will only have net practice before Friday to sort out their problems.
Andre Nel will definitely come into consideration for Makhaya Ntini's place, while the spinner, Paul Harris, does not appear to be much of a threat.
Another bonus for England was the double failure of Jacques Kallis, who looked in good touch but managed to score only 20 runs in the game.
England will give no clue as to what Flintoff's role will be at Headingley until they have seen the pitch.
Even then, we might not know for sure as England have some walking wounded to attend to after their marathon; Ryan Sidebottom will need treatment on his stiff back, and Stuart Broad appeared to turn his over in a worn foot hole.