Tailenders Mitchell Johnson and Pat Cummins dragged Australia to a gutsy series-saving win in a sparkling 2nd Test against South Africa at Wanderers.
Usman Khawaja (65) and Ricky Ponting (54*) were involved in a solid 100+ run partnership before Tahir struck to dismiss Khawaja. Bad light stopped play soon after. Aus were 142/3 at stumps.
Shane Watson has conceded that he is in doubt for the first Test against New Zealand and even if he does play, he will be unable to bowl.
A cultured Hashim Amla and controlled AB de Villiers established a priceless partnership to take South Africa's advantage to a considerable 199 over Australia on day three at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.
Responding to South Africa's 266, Australia ground out a 30-run lead despite losing 10-122 after openers Phil Hughes and Shane Watson made an excellent start at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Only Indian pair Sachin Tendulkar (15,086) and Rahul Dravid (12,979) and Australia's Ricky Ponting (12,495) have scored more Test runs than Jacques Kallis.
Australia have bowled out South Africa for 266 to be in a strong position after the first day of the second Test on Thursday.
Pat Cummins will become the second-youngest Australian Test player in history on Thursday after the exciting 18-year-old paceman was handed his first baggy green cap for the second and final Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.
Australia face a selection dilemma ahead of the second and final Test against South Africa, although there are not many options for the touring team.
David Warner will replace the injured Shaun Marsh in the Australian squad for the second and final Test against South Africa CA said.