South Africa did lose a wicket, however, when opener Dean Elgar, their stand-in captain at Lord's, pushed out on six to Anderson and was well caught by a diving Liam Dawson at backward point to leave the Proteas 18 for one off nine overs.
Root did successfully move Broad from his favoured Pavilion End to the Radcliffe Road End to spark England's resurgence, but the hosts allowed the game to drift as they waited for the second new ball to arrive, a period that allowed Philander and Morris to settle.
The left-hander played drives on both sides of the wicket and cuts behind square in a 59-ball half-century.
After Faf du Plessis had won the toss and taken the courageous yet correct decision to bat first under overcast skies the Proteas were set up for a big total by the 113-run partnership for the third wicket between Hashim Amla and their new No. 4 Quinton de Kock. Yes, South Africa look weak - arguably as weak as at any stage since readmission - and have greater questions to answer, but I'm not about to steam in to England at prices approaching 1/2 here when they went off evens last week. But England made fewer inroads than they wanted because they tended to bowl too short and the surface lacked pace. Anderson and Broad probed constantly with testing lines and flawless seam movement but South Africa resisted the temptation and everything thrown at them before lunch. "With that, we've asked the senior players to step up a little bit more this week because every vital bit of leadership needs to come out at a time like this".More news: Canaccord Genuity Reiterates "Buy" Rating for Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)
"I hope so", he said.
Philander and Morris swung the momentum back South Africa's way in the last hour, though, with Philander collecting 36 of his 54 runs in boundaries. "I would much prefer to be in their shoes".
"Eighty for four could have quickly been a different story but we didn't take our chances". Dropped from the Test XI for Trent Bridge on the back of an acknowledgment from the captain that his performances are "certainly not what we need from a No. 4 batsman", it is hard to see anything but the end of his Test career.
"I do think in Test cricket, particularly, you have to make your own luck", said Elgar. We were trying to attack off stump.
"We saw some scooting low, we saw some carrying through so I don't think that's a fair reflection of how someone's bowling". That's not just me, that's part of worldwide cricket. We knew coming into this one we needed to fight, and throw the first punch for us to get somewhere.