At the start of England’s tour to Sri Lanka, all-rounder Moeen Ali tested positive for Covid-19 and is likely to miss the first test after completing a 10-day isolation period. After a pre-departure screening round on Saturday, England’s entire squad was given the all-clear, but received a new round of PCR tests on arrival at Hambantota airport the following day.
Official announcement: Moeen Ali tests positive for COVID-19- England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 4, 2021 A statement by the England and Wales Cricket Board read: “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. “Following PCR tests carried out on arrival at Hambantota Airport on Sunday 3 January, England and Wales Cricket Board read: “The ECB also confirmed that Chris Woakes has been identified as a possible “near touch” of Moeen and will have to spend at least seven days in isolation while being monitored for symptoms. He (Woakes) will undergo a period of self-isolation and further testing,” On Tuesday morning, the tour group will be checked a second time for PCR. Chris Woakes has been confirmed as Moeen Ali’s possible “close contact” and will have to isolate himself for seven days. England will hold their fingers crossed so that the virus does not spread deeper into their camp, not only from the point of view of player health, but also because of the tour’s viability. The last two international outings have been cancelled, with the original series in Sri Lanka postponed in March due to worries about the virus and last month’s white-ball trip to South Africa with three ODIs cancelled after a team hotel virus broke out.