Imran Tahir is exasperated after Michael Clarke hits him for a boundary during day one of the 2nd Test match between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty Images
South African paceman Vernon Philander couldn't get out of bed for the second Test against Australia - but his teammate Imran Tahir should have stayed in bed.
While Philander was a pre-game withdrawal with a back injury, Tahir turned in one of the worst bowling performances in Test history.
And that's not being judgmental, it's statistical.
Tahir finished Australia's first innings at Adelaide Oval with 0-180 from 23 overs - the ninth worst figures in Test history.
Tahir conceded an average of 7.82 runs an over - the fourth most expensive runs per over average in Test history for a bowler who delivered at least 10 overs.
The Pakistani-born spinner couldn't manage a maiden over among his whalloping by Australia's batsmen.
After his opening day shellacking, Proteas coach Gary Kirsten offered excuses for the fragile 33-year-old.
"It's not easy for a guy like him," Kirsten told reporters after Thursday's first day.
"It was a great wicket to bat on and he didn't play the last Test so he was hoping to come in and make some sort of performance in the first innings.
"The Test match is not over yet and he still might be able to do something.
"But I don't think it's easy for a guy trying to find some form and get something going.
"It was a difficult first innings wicket for a spinner to bowl on."
WORST TEST BOWLING PERFORMANCES
0-259 Khan Mohammad (Pakistan v West Indies, 1958)
0-221 Nicky Boje (South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2006)
0-192 Ray Price (Zimbabwe v South Africa, 2001)
0-187 Erapalli Prasanna (India v England, 1967)
0-182 Arshad Ayub (India v Pakistan, 1989)
0-181 Matthew Hart (New Zealand v West Indies, 1995)
0-180 Imran Tahir (South Africa v Australia, 2012)
HIGHEST RUNS PER OVER IN A TEST INNINGS (minimum 10 overs)
8.41 Shahadat Hossain (Bangladesh v England, 2005)
8.27 Bryce McGain (Australia v South Africa, 2009)
8.00 Allan Donald (South Africa v England, 1994)
7.82 Imran Tahir (South Africa v Australia, 20120)