Imran Tahir is a 33 year old journeyman who finally found himself playing for South Africa just last year.
With 156 First Class matches under his belt, Tahir certainly has experience under his belt. In fact, he has been registered as having played for 25 different sides across the globe; an incredible effort by any player.
Tahir finally got his chance to play for South Africa in 2011 after initial confusion over his citizenship forced him to miss several previous series.
His ODI debut started well, with the right arm leg spin bowler picking four wickets on debut. He then played for South Africa at the World Cup, but has not been picked since.
With very little experience as a Test bowler, he is still somewhat of an enigma to Australian players and fans. While he did play a part in last year’s series in South Africa, most people only remember as the bowler Pat Cummins pulled to the boundary to seal victory in the Johannesburg test.
He comes to Australia under a bit of pressure to maintain his spot, and might struggle in Australian conditions. A poor strike rate of 74, coupled with a bowling average of over 40 doesn’t bode very well for a spin bowler.
Tahir picked up two wickets in the warm-up match at the SCG, removing both Andrew McDonald and Steve Smith LBW in an expensive spell of 2/157.