Imran Tahir of South Africa celebrates after captain Graeme Smith took the catch to dismiss Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan during the second day of the third test cricket match in Cape Town January 4, 2012. REUTERS/Shaun Roy (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET)

Johannesburg – Imran Tahir has been added to the Proteas' Test squad for the first Sunfoil Test match against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium, starting on Friday.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson confirmed on Sunday that Tahir would come into the squad as cover for the injured Robin Peterson.

“We are confident that Robbie (Peterson) will be fit to play but it is prudent to have a cover player for him available to take a full part in the team's preparation this week,” Hudson said.

The Pakistan-born leg-spinner has played 11 Test matches for the Proteas since his debut 14 months ago against Australia.

Peterson received stitches for a split webbing to his right hand during the Proteas second one day international (ODI) against New Zealand last week, and was withdrawn ahead of the third and final ODI, which South Africa won by one wicket in Potchefstroom on Friday. – Sapa