MOEEN ALI is unlikely to play any part in England’s Test series against Sri Lanka after his coronavirus quarantine was extended by two or three days.

Having tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in the country Moeen was initially ordered to isolate for ten days, which would have seen him rejoin the squad on the eve of tomorrow’s first Test in Galle.

But the all-rounder has experienced mild symptoms and fatigue, and England have accepted the extra caution from the Sri Lankan government, which is overseeing all guidance on the virus. That effectively rules Moeen out of the second Test, starting on January 22, as well, with the focus now on getting him fighting fit for the subsequent tour of India.

Team-mate Chris Woakes, who had to stay in his room for a week having shared transport to Heathrow airport with Moeen, said: ‘Poor bloke, he’s obviously had it a little bit tough having been in isolation since we got here.

‘I was in contact with him all last week when I was in isolation. The guys have played a lot of PlayStation with him and talking to him through the headsets.’



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