SL vs ENG 1st Test: Moeen Ali infected with the new UK variant of the coronavirus, confirms Sri Lankan authorities

SL vs ENG 1st Test – Moeen Ali Covid-19: England cricketer Moeen Ali tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival in Sri Lanka 10 days ago. However, Sri Lankan authorities have now confirmed that the player is infected with the new UK variant of the coronavirus. Meanwhile chances are Chris Woakes will also miss out from the EnglandXI for first test as was believed to be in close contact with him.

Moeen Ali infected with new UK variant of Corona claims SriLanka authorities
According to Deputy Chief Epidemiologist Hemantha Herath, Ali happens to be Sri Lanka’s first case of the UK strain which is more deadly.

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Sri Lanka is currently witnessing a rise in Covid-19 cases and extra precautions have been taken to ensure that Moeen does not spread the new variant in the country.

The 33-year-old all-rounder experienced mild symptoms and fatigue and his initial 10-day quarantine has now been extended.

All-rounder Chris Woakes is believed to have come in close contact of Moeen and therefore, his chances of playing the first Test remain slim. He has been asked to isolate himself for seven days. Both these cricketers are part of England’s 18 man squad to play the test series which was originally scheduled for March 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

Apart from Moeen, Dom Bess and Jack Leach are the two other specialist spinners in the England squad. It is to be noted that Moeen and Leach were the joint-highest wicket takers when England defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in 2018.

Sri Lanka has seen a surge in virus cases since October, with the total number of infections passing 50,000 on Wednesday.

While the number of deaths were just 13 in October, the figure currently stands at 244.