Moeen Ali returns to England bubble after release from quarantine

Moeen Ali returns to England bubble after release from coronavirus quarantine in Sri Lanka… but all-rounder is unlikely to feature before next month’s series in India

  • Moeen Ali tested positive for coronavirus when England arrived in Sri Lanka 
  • All-rounder spent nearly two weeks in isolation and experienced symptoms
  • He was released from quarantine halfway through the third day of the first Test

Moeen Ali rejoined his England team-mates on Saturday after almost a fortnight in isolation.

Ali was released from quarantine halfway through the third day of the first Test and headed straight to the ground in Galle.

Although all England’s touring party tested negative for Covid pre-departure, the 33-year-old had a positive test upon arrival in Hambantota and went into isolation.

Moeen Ali rejoined his England team-mates on Saturday after almost a fortnight in isolation

He was originally due to return last Wednesday but the Sri Lanka Government extended the period by 72 hours to 13 days due to concerns over the UK variant.

Ali will return to practice as soon as possible but is unlikely to play in Friday’s second Test because of his lack of preparation and fitness, meaning his target will be next month’s series in India.

Sam Curran said: ‘We all walked into the changing-room and to see Mo put a smile on everyone’s faces.’

Ali tested positive for COVID-19 on his arrival in Sri Lanka and developed mild symptoms


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