We get more respects after attaining top ranking: Graeme Smith
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Smith said it was "back to normal" with Tahir's reinstatement at Adelaide, where the pitch is expected to offer spinners turn after two or three days.
Tahir troubled England's left-handers in South Africa's victorious 2-0 away series to win the top test ranking and the Proteas skipper backed him to do the same against Australia, whose top three in the batting order are all southpaws.
"The nature of the wicket is that it does get drier as the game goes on but at the moment it's got a good grass covering," Smith said.
"So it should be a really good wicket for the first couple of days and then dry out as the test goes on.
"Hopefully there's a lot of rough, not for me, but for the Australian left-handers and (Tahir's) certainly used the rough well in the times he's played for us.
"He created a lot stress for Andrew Strauss and the left-handers in England so the wrong-un turning away from the bat is not a bad option.
"He's got enough to really contribute in this game."