After Moeen Ali’s positive test cast an early shadow over their tour of Sri Lanka, England crossed their fingers that they prevented a larger Covid-19 outbreak. Before departure, the entire squad was given a clean health bill and again after rapid circulation testing on arrival in Hambantota on Sunday, only for the more sophisticated PCR method to reveal that Moeen carried the virus.
For a total of 10 days until 13 January – the day before the first test in Galle – he will now be self-isolated, with Chris Woakes advised to do so for at least seven days after being confirmed as Moeen’s “close contact” Official Statement: Moeen Ali tests positive for COVID-19- England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 4, 2021 England hopes that the strict precautions taken on the trip will be su su su. After disembarking from the charter flight, the tour party was hosed down with disinfectant spray and then placed in solitary confinement for the last 48 hours at the Shangri La Hotel. Pending further testing, the restriction was to be lifted on Tuesday, but plans for the team to begin training were postponed until Wednesday at the earliest. If Moeen remains the only player affected, with only a slight delay and a reduced spin department, Joe Root’s men could begin their plans. Because of the pandemic, England had to cancel their last two international outings – the original series in Sri Lanka in March and last month’s white-ball journey to South Africa, where the ODI round was disrupted by a string of positive results. Chris Woakes (right) was described as Moeen’s near touch (left), (Andrew Matthews/PA) Two England officials received “false positives” during the latter, but these came from less advanced lateral-flow tests and Moeen is not suspected of being misdiagnosed. On Tuesday, the ECB will transport the 33-year-old from the current team hotel to a private facility in Galle, ensuring he will potentially be eligible for the first test the day after his isolation window ends – although that seems to be a somewhat doubtful proposition, as he is supposed to remain asymptomatic and willing to engage in a five-day contest in unbearable heat without real conditioning or without real conditioning. In Sri Lanka, we have arrived! Pic.twitter.com/ZMPKOrT1ZL- England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 3, 2021Spin will certainly play a major role on one of the most popular winding tracks in the world, ensuring their places are now all but assured of Dom Bess and Jack Leach. It remains to be seen if England fields any of the three accompanying slow bowlers – Mason Crane, Amar Virdi or Matt Parkinson – as standbys. Woakes has the best chance of achieving match fitness, if the bug has not already been caught. “Following PCR tests carried out on arrival at Hambantota airport on Sunday, 3. January, the England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19.EnDom BessJack LeachMatt Parkinson (Reserve)Amar Virdi (Reserve)Mason Crane (Reserve) “The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that Moeen Ali tested positive for COVID-19 following PCR tests conducted on arrival at Hambantota airport on Sunday, 3 January. A potential near contact was thought to be Chris Woakes, and he would observe a period of self-isolation and further research. Captain Root addressed the possibility of receiving confirmed cases on the eve of the tour and indicated that such an outcome would not in itself be a danger to the game, despite the fate of the previous two overseas attempts by England. “On the eve of the tour, Captain Root discussed the possibility of receiving confirmed cases and suggested that such an outcome would not in itself be a threat to the series, despite the fate of England’s previous two overseas attempts. ” he said. ” he said. ” We’re as prepared for it as we can be and we know what we’re getting into. I don’t think that [a verified case]would lead to the tour ending immediately. “Paceman James Anderson had previously spoken about the ultra-cautious welcome that marked the team’s arrival, and gave his approval. “It was very odd, but afterwards we spoke about it and it made us feel very comfortable from our point of view,” he said. “Because Sri Lanka has a fairly low caseload, they take every care to ensure that they are safe.