As Moeen Ali left the team hotel after being diagnosed with the virus, the England squad in Sri Lanka nervously awaited the results of the latest round of Covid 19 tests. The tour received an early setback on Monday when Moeen was confirmed positive after a round of tests on arrival at Hambantota airport. The all-rounder is now expected to go into quarantine for 10 days, ending on 13 January, the day before the first Galle test.
On Tuesday morning, the majority of the traveling party – including Chris Woakes, who faces a seven-day isolation as he has been confirmed as a near touch of Moeen – were retested at the team’s base in Hambantota. Official Statement: Moeen Ali tests positive for COVID-19- England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 4, 2021 The screening consisted of four swabs, two for a fast lateral flow test and twice for a simple lateral flow test. The results of the first test could be available as early as Tuesday night, but will not be published due to the higher risk of false positives, but will act as a reference to the more accurate results of PCR that will be available the next day. The severity of the outbreak would escalate if the latter indicated a higher degree of infection in the team, with men’s cricket chief executive Ashley Giles on hand to handle any logistical discussions. After disembarking from the charter flight on Sunday, squad members were disinfected with spray guns and then had to stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in their rooms. England national coach Ed Smith and Dr. Nick Peirce (Mike Egerton/PA) Once the spread of the virus has been controlled, players will begin training outdoors and get used to the heat and humidity they will face in the two-game series While he is currently considered asymptomatic, Dr. Nick Peirce, medical director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, will arrive separately to ensure he acclimatizes to the new climate. In his capacity as an NHS clinician, Peirce has already obtained a vaccine.