Moeen Ali has tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Sri Lanka.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, England’s touring party landed on January 3rd, ahead of their two-Test series, and were tested on arrival.
Although the ECB initially reported that all results were negative, it has subsequently revealed that while Ali’s lateral flow test – the quicker version of the test – was negative, the more accurate PCR test was positive.
Ali is said to be asymptomatic at this stage, and will be required to undergo a 10-day period of self-isolation, in line with the Sri Lankan government’s quarantine protocols.
He will be driven to new accommodation, a private hotel not in use by the rest of the team, on Tuesday January 5th.
An ECB spokesperson said that it was “too early to confirm” whether Ali could play in the first Test, which starts on January 14th.
However, with his self-isolation ending the day before, it appears certain that he will miss it.
Chris Woakes has also entered self-isolation after being deemed a close contact.