Moeen tested positive for Covid-19 upon arriving in the country and was instructed to isolate for 10 days, which would have allowed him to rejoin the squad on the eve of the series opening game on Thursday in Galle.
But the all-rounder has experienced mild symptoms and fatigue, and the Sri Lankan government, which is overseeing all guidelines on the virus, is very cautious, which means he is now in isolation for two or three days longer.
The Cricket Board of England and Wales agrees with the decision and now expects Moeen to be released from his private accommodation around the weekend.
Given the tight timeframe, the 33-year-old weirdo will be effectively excluded from the second test, which begins January 22nd , as there is not enough time to arm him.
Instead, it is planned that he will work back on the fight against fitness in time to play a role in the subsequent India tour en.
Chris Woakes spent a week in quarters after being identified as close contact with Moeen – the couple who shared transportation to the team hotel – and feels for his teammate.
« Poor Guy, he’s obviously had a bit of a hard time being pretty isolated since we’ve been here, « said Woakes.
» Everyone gets in touch with him and makes sure he’s okay, but I can only imagine what he’s going through. I worked seven days and he ended up doing a lot more. He’s had some symptoms that I think are over now, which is fine, but you don’t wish this illness to anyone.
« Luckily he’s recovering pretty well. I think he’ll be excited to get out and to be back in the group. «
In addition to regular check-ins by medical staff and the availability of the psychologist Dr. James Bickley, who travels with the site, had Moeen teammates at a challenging time whom he could rely on.
“I was in touch with him all last week when I was isolated – we both got over it talked about what we were going to do.
1st test: 14.-18. January (Galle)
2nd test: January 22nd to 26th (Galle)
« I know the guys played a lot of PlayStation with him too and talked to him over the headsets.
» It’s difficult at times like this when you have to lock yourself up in a room. I certainly never have Been through before, so these are unprecedented times. «
On a personal level, Woakes’ car sharing with Moeen has probably cost him every realistic chance of showing up at the first test in Sri Lanka this week.
His all-round ability Perhaps made him an attractive option in the absence of rested Ben Stokes, but now he has to catch up in terms of net training and seems a more likely candidate for game two.
Chris Woakes’ quarantine period leaves Sam Curran on the Pole position for the all-rounder (Glyn Kirk / PA).
« I’m definitely against it in terms of time. This would be a potential risk of injury, » he said.
« I only had my first bowl on Monday and often Obviously the boys were playing bowling almost a week earlier. It brings me back a bit and the chances of me playing are probably pretty slim.
“I was on tour and was hoping to get a place in the starting XI. I was definitely hoping to assert myself, and without Stokesy here it underscores the all-rounder role I or Sam Curran could fill in to level the team a little.
« Whether this week comes too early for me, is likely, but hopefully in the future I can force my way. «
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