England squad retested for coronavirus in Sri Lanka amid fears of an outbreak following Moeen Ali’s positive result
- All-rounder Moeen Ali tested positive and will self-isolate for 10 days
- Chris Woakes will enter self-isolation as he is deemed a ‘possible close contact’
- The rescheduled two-test series is scheduled to start in Galle on January 14
England face an anxious wait on their Covid test results on Wednesday ahead of their first net session in Sri Lanka.
Moeen Ali’s positive result upon arrival in Hambantota last weekend delayed training for next week’s Test as the entire squad had further medical checks.
Both lateral flow and PCR tests took place on Tuesday, with the results of the PCR tests key as they provide a more accurate reading.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Sri Lanka
Fears of an outbreak among the players emerged after Moeen — who was transferred to Galle on Tuesday — was infected despite testing negative before departure from the UK.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire have until next Thursday to notify the Leeds Employment Tribunal if they are prepared to accept Azeem Rafiq’s time-barred claim against them.
The lawyers of Rafiq — who is suing Yorkshire for racial discrimination and claiming victimisation when trying to address racism at the club — argue that it is fair to extend it beyond the usual three months due to the public interest in the case.
There is a separate independent inquiry into Rafiq’s claims of institutional racism, expected to conclude next month.
Ali’s positive result upon arrival in Hambantota last weekend delayed training for the players
Seam bowler Chris Woakes will also self-isolate after being deemed a ‘possible close contact’
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