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SL vs ENG: Moeen Ali Joins England Bubble After Completing Extended Quarantine

Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, has been launched from quarantine and has joined his teammates in Galle after serving an prolonged isolation interval. The 33-year-old cricketer had examined unfavourable for COVID-19 previous to England’s departure from the UK however returned a optimistic check for coronavirus following the crew’s arrival on the Sri Lanka airport in Hambantota.

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Moeen was quarantined for ten days however his isolation was prolonged to 13 after the Sri Lankan authorities expressed their reservations in mild of a brand new pressure of the virus.

“It’s great to have Mo back. When we walked into the changing room after one of the sessions today, we saw Mo and just saw the smile on everyone’s faces,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Sam Curran, Moeen’s team-mate as saying.

“He’s obviously had a really tough couple of weeks and no-one wants to get into the situation he was in. Thankfully he got through that okay, and we’re all really excited to have him back in the group to play cricket again, because we all know what an awesome player he is, and to be around,” he added.

Moeen final performed for England in August 2019 in opposition to Australia after which he took a break from the longest format of the sport having missed England’s central contract.

“I’m sure tomorrow when he has a run around it will be nice for him to get back playing cricket but to be honest I don’t really know when he’ll be back,” Curran stated.

“I’m sure everyone’s just really looking forward to having Mo back. I’m sure he’ll start training tomorrow,” he added.

Earlier this week, two employees members at England’s crew resort in Sri Lanka had been examined optimistic for COVID-19. However, the England Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday stated that the physique just isn’t involved as they’re adhering to the protocols.

ECB’s spokesperson additionally stated that each member of the touring contingent is taking social distancing significantly and everybody continues to put on masks in indoor settings.

“We are not concerned. Our protocols have been excellent and we continue to be vigilant. We are the most compliant team in world cricket. We are the only international team in any sport to have a COVID compliance officer. He is responsible for ensuring we meet the highest of standards across our COVID protocols. We remain vigilant and respectful of the Sri Lankan authorities and we will do everything that is possible to keep our players and the general population safe,” the spokesperson stated in an announcement.

“We are being vigilant around our team base in Galle and at the stadium. The players respect social distancing, wear masks in indoor settings, and at the hotel dine on individual tables. Our COVID compliance officer briefs the players and management on a daily basis and communicates the latest developments both in Sri Lanka and in the UK,” he added.


Meanwhile, within the match, Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne hit half-centuries to stage a fightback for Sri Lanka earlier than unhealthy mild introduced an finish to the third day’s motion within the first Test in opposition to England on the Galle International Stadium on Saturday.

At stumps, Sri Lanka’s rating learn 156/2 with Thirimanne and Lasith Embuldeniya unbeaten on 76 and zero respectively. Sri Lanka are trailing by 130 runs of their second innings with eight wickets within the bag. 

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