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Last Updated: Sunday December 20 2009 17:03 GMT

England scrape First Test draw

England's Graham Onions celebrates with Paul Collingwood

England scraped a brilliant draw in the opening Test match of their series against South Africa, with some tremendous batting.

After a day of cricket that twisted and turned, England were just one wicket away from defeat near the end, before saving the match.

Paul Collingwood and bowler Graham Onions managed to survive the final few overs, denying the home side victory.

Earlier Kevin Pietersen and Jonathon Trott also batted brilliantly.

That gave England the chance of the draw, but when they both got out it looked like South Africa would steal victory.


After that pair were dismissed England lost lots of wickets very quickly, and when Onions came out to join Collingwood to bat it looked certain South Africa would win.

However, they blocked lots of balls and didn't have to play at others and made sure there were no more wickets lost, meaning the match ended in a draw.

The next match in the four Test series begins on 26 December in Durban.