The hosts, hoping to consolidate here after their wide-margin win at Lord's, will have to do so the hard way after being bowled out for 205 to concede a first-innings deficit of 130 in this second Investec Test.
Fast forward to November and England are 10 for one in the first Test of the Ashes. "As South Africans, we've got to accept that South Africa are going to be middle of the road in their future Test cricket". The ground, for reasons some physicist could possibly explain always offers swing and the batsmen have to play with more caution than any other ground in England.
After the break South Africa bowled better and soon had Ballance back in the hut as the left-hander, stuck on the crease, chopped Philander on to leave England 86 for 3. "There's just enough in it for us bowlers to be excited, with the ball swinging and the way the Duke moves around".
Former England captain Vaughan was critical of their approach during his analysis on BBC Test Match Special.
Having stuck with the same 12-man squad, England named an unchanged team - meaning Toby Roland-Jones continues to wait for a Test debut. The 33-year-old missed the defeat at Lord's for family reasons but marshalled his bowlers impeccably here, with Chris Morris, who helped snuff out the England tail with three wickets, explaining the impact. The good Saturday crowd in Nottingham was stunned into silence as England quickly slipped to 3 for 2 with Philander and Morkel wreaking early damage.
"We need a couple of people to stand up with the ball to make inroads, and then bat out of our skin in the fourth innings to chase whatever total we are set", he said.
In the last 11 Tests which have produced a result at Trent Bridge, seven have been won by the side batting first.
After limping to tea at 183-6, England again lost two wickets in as many balls when Moeen Ali drove a shot straight at Faf du Plessis at cover and Stuart Broad was trapped lbw first ball by Morris. South Africa were placed at 235 for six at that stage.
The seamer reached the milestone when he dismissed the visiting captain with score at 18-0 in the second Test at Trent Bridge. It was a very worrying moment for England cricketers and fans as the physio came running in from the dressing and took charge of the situation.