England lack cutting edge
There is no doubt about who will have benefited the most from South Africa's obdurate performance at Lord's today - Andrew Flintoff.
As well as Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie batted, and they did play very well indeed, England's bowling attack was exposed on a flat pitch as lacking a cutting edge.
They needed someone to charge in and produce short spells of hostile pace bowling, as the ball did not swing for James Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom and even though they plugged away, that left them with very little in reserve.
Stuart Broad did his best to bang the ball in, but lacked the pace on such a placid surface to give the batsmen the hurry-up.
What we won't know until we see the Headingley pitch is whether Flintoff will come in as one of four bowlers, or five.
It would be a brave decision for England to bat Flintoff at six because Tim Ambrose has looked increasingly vulnerable at number seven and Lancashire's coach Mike Watkinson admitted today that Flintoff needs more time at the crease.
Positively, however, he added that in Lancashire's view, Flintoff's ankle problem is now a thing of the past and that he is bowling as well as ever.
But that issue is for another day and in the meantime, one wonders what more England could have done with the resources available to them.
Monty Panesar could certainly have bowled more than only two overs at Smith from round the wicket as the South African captain had little difficulty in dealing with the rough outside off stump when Panesar bowled over the wicket, because he could not be lbw.
Round the wicket opens up that option, and I thought England missed a trick there, but credit must go to Smith and McKenzie, who came so close to becoming only the second pair of batsmen ever to bat through an entire day of Test cricket in this country.
It was not great entertainment, but backs-to-the-wall defiance never is, and the start they gave to this innings has left South Africa with a hope of saving the game.