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Cricket In Pictures: Hated England Snatch Non-Result From Jaws Of Defeat In South Africa

AT Newlands, South Africa, England’s Sir Graeme Swann DSO and Lord Graham Onions VC managed to survive a furious South African onslaught of appeal upon appeal to draw the Third Test at Newlands. Left-armed Chinaman puts the awesomeness of this result in context:

English see themselves essentially as Tintin. A tiny, yet powerful, hero, battling against the overwhelming injustice and certain defeat. Although he’s never going to change the world (well, at least for the good) he can maybe grind-out a reasonable compromise with the local chieftain to only eat half of Tintin’s friends.

It’s when England drudge-out a draw that these perspectives collide. For Englanders, snatching a non-result from the jaws of defeat is the pinnacle of sporting achievement. It’s sort of a win without the guilt – LAC

England expects…the worst…

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England's Graeme Swann celebrates with Graham Onions after drawing against South Africa during the Third Test at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa.

Posted: 7th, January 2010 | In: Sports | Comment