Sri Lanka vs England: All-rounder Moeen Ali has been tested positive for Covid-19 after reaching Sri Lanka. England and Sri Lanka are scheduled to play two games test series.
Moeen Ali will self isolate himself for 10 days and so will Chris Woakes who was in close contact with the all-rounder.
England’s squad was tested in the Hambantota airport after landing. Ali is likely to miss the first test game as Sri Lanka covid-19 protocols require him to self isolate for at least 10 days.
“Moeen Ali is tested positive and will self isolate himself for 10 days. Chris Woakes has been deemed as a possible close contact, and he will observe a period of self-isolation and further testing,” ECB said in the statement.
“England will undergo an RT-PCR test for the second time on Tuesday morning to kill all the fear. At this stage, the team will train for the first time on Wednesday.”
The two-match Test series against Sri Lanka will be held at Galle, starting January 14th.
England Squad for two tests in Sri Lanka:
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Dan Lawrence, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, James Anderson, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Reserves: James Bracey, Mason Crane, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Robinson, Amar Virdi.
Sri Lanka Squad for two tests against England:
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Mendis (wk), Asitha Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lasith Embuldeniya, Oshada Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Santhush Gunathilake, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Thirimanne.