Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir

South Africa have selected Faf du Plessis to replace the injured JP Duminy for the second Test against Australia, while Imran Tahir has also been brought into the side.

Duminy ruptured his Achilles tendon during a training mishap following the opening day of the first Test at the Gabba, and the 28-year-old Du Plessis will make his Test debut at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

The tourists have made one other change to the team that played in Brisbane with leg-spinner Tahir selected ahead of paceman Rory Kleinveldt, as the South Africans look to benefit from the more spin-friendly pitch at the Adelaide Oval.

Duminy's injury has hurt South Africa in two ways as his off-spinners had allowed captain Graeme Smith and the selectors to pick four specialist fast bowlers in Brisbane without missing out on a spin option.

That has seemingly paved the way for Tahir to come into the side.

'''South Africa:''' Graeme Smith (c), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (wk), Jacques Rudolph, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.


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