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Moeen Ali tests positive for COVID-19

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and must now isolate for 10 days.

The news comes as a major blow to England’s Sri Lanka tour.

Moeen has returned to the Test squad after a year-long absence but was central to the 3-0 win in Sri Lanka in 2018.

As being reported he probably have contracted the virus during testing that took place when the squad arrived at Hambantota airport on Sunday.

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The statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday also confirmed that Chris Woakes has been deemed a close contact and must also isolate for a further period of time before more tests.

The statement reads: “Following PCR tests administered on arrival at the airport in Hambantota on Sunday 3 January, The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that Moeen Ali has tested positive for Covid-19.

“[Moeen] will now observe a period of 10-days self-isolation, in accordance with the Sri Lanka Government’s protocol on quarantine. Chris Woakes has been deemed as a possible close contact, and he will observe a period of self-isolation and further testing.

“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.”

Saman Siddiqui

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