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TRIPOLI---A spokesman for Libya's
biggest football club says the team's
Egyptian coach has escaped unhurt
after being targeted in a shooting in
the capital, Tripoli.
The spokesman, Mohammed Balta,
told The Associated Press yesterday
that Al-Ahly club's coach Hossam el-
Badry was driving home Saturday
when three men in another car opened
fire on him.
The late night drive-by shooting
came just hours after Al-Ahly drew 1-1
in a league game against a team from
Misrata, Libya's third largest city. There
was no motive immediately known for
Libya has been in turmoil since the
end of an eight-month civil war that
ousted and killed longtime Libyan
dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
Most recently, Libyan Prime Minister
Ali Zidan was briefly kidnapped by
gunmen in Tripoli.
Coach of Libyan football club survives shooting
ABU DHABI---Jacques Kallis turns 38 next
week, but age is not playing on the mind of
South Africa s prolific batsman as he prepares
to face Pakistan in the first test starting today.
Kallis showed no signs of slowing down
when he scored 70 in the warm-up match
against Pakistan A this week---his first com-
petitive game since representing Kolkata Knight
Riders in the IPL in May.
"After the IPL I felt like I wanted a good
break and to get away from the game," Kallis
said. "I got to do what most people do on
weekends, spent time with friends, played
some golf, catching up with some things that
needed to be done at home."
Fresh from the long break, Kallis looms as
a key component in South Africa s strong top
order with the likes of Hashim Amla, AB de
Villiers and Faf du Plessis at Sheikh Zayed Sta-
Kallis scored a century when the Proteas
faced Pakistan in a test match on a slow wicket
at the same venue in 2010.
With India legend Sachin Tendulkar retiring
after next month s home series against the
West Indies, Kallis is one of the few old boys
left in the game.
"It s never been something that s concerned
me, age and that type of stuff," Kallis said.
"I still feel and act at times like a teenager
... the day I wake up and don t want to do this
anymore and don t feel like going out to improve
as a player, is the day I will call it quits.
"At this stage the goal is to try and get
through to that World Cup, it will be the icing
on the cake."
Kallis hit six fours and four sixes and faced
100 balls in hot and humid conditions during
the warmup match and it was not difficult for
the veteran of 162 test matches to get back
into the groove.
"I feel in as good a space as I could be, spe-
cially getting out in the middle and hitting the
ball as well as I did in that practice game it
gives me a lot of confidence going into the
With 13,128 runs in test matches, Kallis is
known as one of the few batsmen in world
cricket to play spinners well in all the conditions.
He won t be surprised if the wicket does assist
Pakistan s spinners led by Saeed Ajmal.
"Hopefully we want some good wickets that
you can play some good cricket on, an even
contest between bat and ball," he said.
"I think it will spin a little more than it did
last time," he said. "The guys are pretty excited
to display skills with both bat and ball, which
is exactly what you want in test cricket."
South Africa, the top-ranked test team, has
history on its side with a remarkable record of
not losing a test series away from home since
2006 when it was beaten by Sri Lanka 2-0.
Pakistan has not won a test series against
the Proteas since the 2003 home win and
overall had won just three of its 21 test matches
against the South Africans.
"We ve done well in the subcontinent for
many a year now," Kallis said. "Our players
have got some good gameplans against it and
we ve scored some big runs and got some good
results in the subcontinent."
Kallis needs another 251 runs to overtake
Ricky Ponting (13,378) in the list of highest
run-getters behind Tendulkar (15,837). And to
do that he has to counter Pakistan spinners
on slow wickets in the next four innings at
Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Pakistan will be pinning its hopes on star
offspinner Saeed Ajmal and leftarm spinner
Abdul Rehman with the likely inclusion of
another uncapped 34-year-old leftarm spinner,
Zulfiqar Babar, also on cards for Monday s first
"He s (Ajmal) a world-class bowler but he s
one of 3-4, maybe five who can knock us over,"
Kallis gears up
ABU DHABI---Top-ranked South Africa is looking
to stretch its unbeaten record away from home
when the two-test series against Pakistan begins
The Proteas has won eight and drawn three test
series since losing to Sri Lanka in 2006---with one
of the draws coming against Pakistan in the United
Arab Emirates three years ago.
Fit-again South Africa captain Graeme Smith
said Saturday that he knows his team has the ability
to do well in all conditions around the world.
"I think every time you do overcome winning
away from home, there s a certain strength that
you get as a team and as an individual," Smith said.
"It s hard to put your finger on what that actually
is."Smith said he doesn t expect much change in
the slow nature of the pitch at Sheikh Zayed Sta-
dium which saw AB de Villiers scoring career-best
278 not out during the last series and overtook his
captain s test-best score of 277.
"To me, (the pitch) looks pretty similar in many
ways," he said. "The wickets here certainly on the
first morning seem to have something little bit in
them, there s a little bit of swing and seam move-
ment and then they seem to get really good."
South Africa s top order is likely to be tested by
a three-pronged Pakistani spin attack---led by star
offspinner Saeed Ajmal and two left-arm slow
bowlers, Abdul Rehman and uncapped Zulfiqar
Ajmal made little impression in the last series
three years ago when he took three wickets in two
"We ve had a good success (against Ajmal) and
that s nice to know," Smith said. "Last time we
played Ajmal really well and I think he ended up
missing a few games on the tour."
The only worry for Smith is that this is the
Proteas first away test series in 2013.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq agreed with
Smith that it will be a big challenge for Ajmal to
run through the likes of Jacques Kallis, Smith, de
Villiers, Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy, also returning
to the squad after recovering from an Achilles
Ajmal has some good memories of the UAE
when he grabbed 24 wickets against England last
year in a 3-0 rout of the then-top ranked side.
"He (Ajmal) was new to England and that s why
they struggled against him," Misbah said. "South
African batsmen have played him more, played
him well in ODIs as well so it s a big challenge for
Ajmal and he will have to lift his bowling because
he is up against a team who plays him well."
Pakistan s batsmen had a good run in warmup
matches, with uncapped openers Ahmed Shahzad
and Shan Masood both scoring half centuries
against South Africa and Younis Khan warming
up for test match with a century against the UAE.
Jacques Kallis...returns to competitive cricket after taking a break.
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