After players test negative for Covid-19, England will start training.

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On its tour of Sri Lanka, England received a boost as a new round of testing for Covid-19 did not show any more positive cases. After delivering a positive result on the arrival of the team in Hambantota, where he will stay in quarantine for 10 days in a separate wing of the travel team’s hotel, Moeen Ali is now showing mild symptoms.

Chris Woakes has been established as a near touch of the off-spinning all-rounder and will continue to isolate himself, although the fast bowler is among a range of blanket negatives among players and employees – with the exception of Moeen. Chris Woakes will continue to isolate himself (Glyn Kirk/PA) “All yesterday’s PCR tests are negative, except for Moeen Ali, and we can start controlled practice” On Tuesday evening, he returned to Hambantota and is staying on a separate wing away from the team. On Wednesday afternoon, England’s training session would be their first since arriving in the country on Sunday, when they were disinfected with spray guns and checked before being confined to their hotel’s individual rooms. They can now begin their preparations in earnest ahead of a two-match test series starting on 14 January in Galle.

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