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England all-rounder Moeen Ali tests positive for coronavirus in Sri Lanka ahead of Test series


England all-rounder Moeen Ali has tested positive for coronavirus (Picture: Getty)

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has tested positive for coronavirus upon his arrival in Sri Lanka.

The touring party were tested at Hambantota airport on Sunday ahead of the two-Test tour which starts in Galle on January 14.

Moeen, 33, will now self-isolate for 10 days, in accordance with the Sri Lanka government’s quarantine protocol.

Fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes has been deemed as a possible close contact and will therefore also isolate and be tested again.

The rest of the squad will be tested on Tuesday morning before being allowed to train on Wednesday, eight days before the first Test starts.

The ECB said: ‘Following PCR tests administered on arrival at the airport in Hambantota on Sunday 3rd January, The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19.

‘The touring party will be PCR tested for a second time on Tuesday morning. At this stage, the team will train for the first time on Wednesday.’

Moeen has scored 2,782 runs and taken 181 wickets in 60 Tests since making his red-ball debut for England in the summer of 2014.

He has not played a Test match since taking a break from cricket in 2019 but was expected to feature in Sri Lanka after being recalled to the squad.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow was also recalled for the trip to Sri Lanka, but Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been rested for the rescheduled tour.

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