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Anxious wait for secondary COVID-19 test results after Moeen Ali test positive

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The English cricket team on tour in Sri Lanka are eagerly awaiting secondary COVID-19 test results after all-rounder Moeen Ali tested positive.

England were due to have their first training session of the two-test series yesterday, which is set to start on January 14, but the players are rather stuck in their rooms.

While the entire England touring group tested negative before flying to Sri Lanka, Ali returned a positive result upon landing in the sub-continental country.

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There is particular panic surrounding the test result of fast thrower Chris Woakes, who The Guardian revealed had traveled from Birmingham to Heathrow in the same car as Ali.

Woakes was therefore forced to quarantine for a week.

Ali was driven to Galle, the location of the two tests, yesterday for private accommodation.

England and Wales Cricket Board chief medical officer Nick Peirce traveled to Galle in a separate car to make sure Ali was okay.

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Ali is asymptomatic and is due out of solitary confinement on January 13, one day before the start of the first test.

This cast doubt on the spinner’s involvement in the series, as Sri Lanka Cricket medical staff recommended that players who tested positive be absent for several weeks.

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