Imran Tahir has been added to South Africa’s squad for the first Test against Pakistan as cover for fellow spinner Robin Peterson. Peterson split the webbing between the third and fourth fingers on his right hand during the second One-Day International against New Zealand and was subsequently ruled out of the third.
"We are confident that Robbie will be fit to play," Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson said. "But it is prudent to have a cover player for him available to take a full part in the team's preparation this week."
Tahir, who was born in Pakistan but married a South African, was dropped as South Africa’s Test spinner following a string of disappointing performances, which culminated in him returning match figures of none for 180 in a Test against Australia in November. However, he has been in good form since then on the South African domestic circuit, returning match figures of 12 for 106 against his former franchise Dolphins in a match earlier this month.
South Africa’s other injury concern ahead of the first Test is Hashim Amla, who was forced to miss the last two ODIs against New Zealand with a thigh strain.
South Africa Test squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.
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