SL vs Eng Test Series: England Tour of Sri Lanka in doubt: England face an anxious wait on Tuesday to discover if coronavirus is sweeping through the squad after Moeen Ali tested positive just hours after arriving in Sri Lanka at the start of two months touring Asia.
It is set to be a nervous 24 hours for England’s tourists in Sri Lanka as they await the results of another round of COVID-19 testing, carried out on Tuesday (January 5), following Moeen Ali’s positive test upon arrival in the country at the weekend.
England’s players and support staff must remain in isolation in their hotel rooms in Hambantota until Wednesday – an additional 24 hours – while they wait for the results of both lateral and PCR tests.
The whole touring party all tested negative on Friday before taking a chartered flight to Sri Lanka where they were tested twice on arrival.
Sri Lanka government requirements state anyone testing positive must isolate for 10 days putting him out of realistic contention for the first Test which starts in Galle on Jan 14.
If more positive cases are discovered, the tour would be thrown into doubt. England have 21 players in Sri Lanka to cater for a situation where a number of them were struck down with illness or injury but there are other considerations, including the attitude of Sri Lanka’s government who are, understandably, being extremely cautious with this pandemic.
England Tour of Sri Lanka: Sam Curran likely replacement for Woakes
Moeen now faces 10 days in quarantine up to Jan 13 and Chris Woakes is in self-isolation for seven days as a close contact after the two shared a car from their homes in Birmingham to the airport on Saturday. If Woakes tests negative, England will have to decide if he has had enough time to acclimatise to tough conditions. If not, then Sam Curran is his likely replacement.