COVID-19: England cricketer Moeen Ali tests positive at start of Sri Lanka tour

England cricketer Moeen Ali has tested positive for coronavirus at the start of the team’s tour of Sri Lanka.

The all-rounder is likely to miss the first Test in Galle, which starts on 14 January after serving a 10-day self-isolation period but he may return for the second starting in the same city eight days later.

He tested positive after the squad landed in the country earlier.

Bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes will also self-isolate and face further testing after being deemed a potential close contact.

The ECB said in a statement: “Following PCR tests administered on arrival at the airport in Hambantota on Monday 4th January, The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that Moeen Ali has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Ali 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.”

The entire touring party had tested negative before departure.

The two-test tour kicks off a busy year for England, who travel on to India afterwards.

There they are scheduled to play four tests, five T-20 internationals and three 50-over games.

Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India are set to come to England this summer, before a T-20 tour of Pakistan.

England’s test series in Sri Lanka is live on Sky Sports.

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