After being checked on arrival at Hambantota airport, all-rounder Moeen Ali was reported to be positive and left the team hotel to be quarantined for a period of 10 days until Jan. 13 – the day before the first test in Galle.
Chris Woakes, right, after being confirmed as Moeen Ali’s near touch (Nigel French/PA), will have to spend seven days in quarantine. The rest of the tour party, including Woakes, were re-tested at the team’s Hambantota base on Tuesday morning, with results scheduled to be released on Wednesday. The screening consisted of four swabs – two for a quick lateral flow test, which can provide more space for false positives, and two for a more advanced PCR test, which takes longer to process. Ashley Giles, England’s managing director for men’s cricket, correct, talks with Joe Root (Mike Egerton/PA) Ashley Giles, managing director for men’s cricket, is on hand to manage any logistical discussions. Giles played a similar role in South Africa when the decision to postpone the tour after a series of positive tests on the bladders of players was made. However, England hopes that this time such drastic action would be avoided by the strict steps taken on the Sri Lanka trip. After disembarking on Sunday from the charter flight, all squad members were disinfected with spray guns and confined at the Shangri-La Hotel to their quarters. Official statement: Moeen Ali tests positive for COVID-19- England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 4, 2021 Once it has been established that any potential spread has been controlled, players will begin training outdoors and work in the two-match series to acclimatize to the heat and humidity they will face. Moeen was taken to private accommodation in Galle, where he will complete his quarantine time. While the 33-year-old is currently regarded as symptom-free, Dr Nick Peirce, chief medical officer of the England and Wales Cricket Board, will arrive separately to ensure that he acclimatizes to the new climate. Peirce has already received a Covid 19 vaccine in his capacity as an NHS doctor. South Africa won the second test by 10 wickets, sealing the series 2-0! Sri Lanka – 157 & 211 South Africa 302 & 67/0 #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/vUmFHUC9wO- Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) January 5, 2021Sri Lanka now finds robust its own steps of biosecurity. In late 2020, a Premier League tournament was successfully held, and coach Mickey Arthur maintained that the country had been “ultra-cautious” during the global pandemic. The Sri Lankans hope Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and senior seamer Suranga Lakmal will be back to play against England after injury problems after losing their test series in South Africa.