South Africa to include Tahir

South Africa are expected to keep faith with leg-spinner Imran Tahir in Friday's opening Test match against Australia.

Tahir was far from economical in the Proteas' drawn three-day tour match with Australia A, finishing with 2-157 off 40 overs, but selectors are set to stick with him instead of opting for a four-man pace attack in Brisbane.

The bouncy Gabba wicket generally favours fast bowling, but paceman Rory Kleinveldt is likely to be left out, despite finishing with an impressive 2-60 on a lifeless pitch.

Morne Morkel, rested from the Australia A match, will return to the line-up, joining the world's top two ranked bowlers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, while star all-rounder Jacques Kallis is back after a bout of flu.

Assistant coach Russell Domingo said: "To be honest with you, the balance of the side with Kallis being there as the fourth seamer, whether you play four or five (fast bowlers) isn't really going to be that important.

"I think we'll always look to have a spinner in the side.

"Gone are the days when a South African team goes without a spinner.

"(Kleinveldt) bowled really well. He's been very impressive in domestic cricket for a while and he's been superb in our preparation this week."