Former England spinner Graeme Swann, commentating on the BBC's Test Match Special during the second day's play of the second Test at Trent Bridge, said Ballance was only in the team because his "best mate" was captain.
Philander went straight to DRS when he got one to straighten back into Alastair Cook in the fourth over - and although an inside-edge precluded lbw, it instead resulted in another caught-behind via the pad.
The return of Faf du Plessis is huge for the Proteas, obviously.
It was a roller-coaster day for the most part, though, and South Africa took command only in the final session on a swinging, bowler-friendly track at Trent Bridge, where 21 wickets have gone down in the first two days. Duanne Olivier has been confirmed as Rabada's replacement but they still have a decision to make over whether to stick with Theunis de Bruyn or bring in Chris Morris to further strengthen the bowling. It was surprising as James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been very successful at the ground.
Newly appointed Test skipper Joe Root had a dream start as he not only performed well with the bat but was also brilliant with his bowling changes.
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Root counter-attacked by hitting Philander for three fours in an over.
South Africa then extended their lead to 205 with a stumps total of 75 for one, as a curiously serene late passage of play broke the mould and yielded a solitary wicket in a daily tally of 15.
Obviously, that Australia 60 all out is something of a freak, but this is a ground where such low scores do happen. Morris, being an all rounder, will give the team more runs to play with, and will undoubtedly do a good job with the ball as well.
But it could have been different story as South Africa wasted two chances to dismiss Root cheaply before he went on to make 190 in the first innings to put the hosts in control. I look at the approach - yes, the ball has done a little bit but it's not been drastic.
Kuhn looks like he could have a torrid summer and Elgar, while solid enough, is unlikely to race out of the blocks. Anderson wrapped up the Proteas innings with the wicket of Morkel and in the process bagged another five-for, his 22nd in Test cricket.
Morris then closed the face and got a leading edge back to England's all-time record wicket-taker, who completed South Africa's slide when Morne Morkel was last out - edging an expansive drive behind to Jonny Bairstow. "The guys are playing in a bad standard of first-class cricket in South Africa because of the politics and interference in selection", the 73-year-old left-hander added.