After a new round of tests for Covid-19, England was granted permission to train for the first time after arriving in Sri Lanka, no more positive cases were revealed. Moeen Ali has been quarantined for 10 days in a separate wing of the hotel of the travel team and is now showing mild symptoms after being discovered to have the virus upon arrival in Hambantota.
Chris Woakes was recognised as a near contact of the off-spinning all-rounder and will continue to isolate himself, even among players and staff, the fast bowler is among a variety of blanket negatives – with the exception of Moeen. Chris Woakes will continue to isolate himself (Glyn Kirk/PA). The screening consisted of four swabs, two for a fast lateral flow test and two more for a more advanced one. “All PCR tests from yesterday are negative, with the exception of Moeen Ali, and we can start controlled practice this afternoon,” a spokesman for the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday morning. “Close contact Chris Woakes tested negative but will remain isolated in his room. “The team will be tested for the third time after arriving in the country on Thursday after being screened and disinfected with spray guns on Sunday before being put at the Shangri-La Hotel in single rooms. We have arrived in Sri Lanka! Image.twitter. Com/ZMPKOrT1ZL- England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 3, 2021 But not only is the new health certificate a welcome relief, it also ensures that the team can launch preparations for a two-match test series beginning on January 14 in Galle. The quarantine period for Moeen does not end until the day before, so the series opener will almost certainly skip it. The 33-year-old was expected to stay in Galle, but the accommodation had on-site construction work and the alternative choice did not meet the norm according to protocols, resulting in his return on Tuesday night to Hambantota.