ECB physician travels to Galle to make sure Moeen Ali’s wellbeing in isolation after constructive take a look at
England’s touring get together in Sri Lanka faces an anxious wait of their lodge rooms simply as their preparations for the Take a look at collection ought to have begun in earnest.
England had been because of have their first coaching session of the tour in Hambantota on Tuesday. As a substitute, the squad was consigned to their rooms as they await the outcomes of an extra spherical of medical assessments following the positive Covid-19 result revealed by Moeen Ali on Monday.
Though they underwent each lateral stream and PCR assessments on Tuesday, the outcomes should not anticipated to be introduced till Wednesday. Lateral stream assessments usually return a end in little over 30-minutes, however should not as correct. The PCR assessments take longer to analyse however present extra certainty. Whereas the ECB might acquire a sign of the extent of the issue from the lateral stream assessments on Tuesday, they’ll await the PCR outcomes earlier than making public remark. The squad are because of be examined once more on Thursday.
Whereas the complete get together returned adverse assessments earlier than flying, there might be comprehensible nervousness each from the England administration and the Sri Lankan authorities over the prospect of additional unfold of the virus. Sri Lanka has managed to comprise Covid-19 to a better extent than the UK, which has simply entered one other lockdown and the place constructive circumstances have numbered over 50,000 in every of the final six days. A brand new pressure of the virus, which is known to be much more transmissible, can also be spreading quickly in England. The ECB say they have no idea, at this stage, which pressure of the virus Ali has contracted.
There could also be explicit nervousness over the result of Chris Woakes‘ take a look at outcomes. Whereas the gamers noticed social distancing protocols on their flights, the Guardian has revealed that Woakes travelled from Birmingham to Heathrow in the identical automotive as Ali and has, consequently, been positioned in quarantine for every week. After the huge amount of cash spent on constitution flights, testing and safe environments, it appears oddly penny pinching to not have offered a separate automotive for every participant.
Ali, in the meantime, is being pushed to Galle right this moment the place he might be put up in personal lodging organized for simply such an eventuality. Nick Peirce, the ECB’s chief medical officer, will even journey to Galle in a separate automotive to make sure Ali is as comfy as will be anticipated. As a frontline physician, Peirce has already had not less than one a part of the vaccine (two jabs, offered not less than two weeks aside, are required to maximise the efficacy of each vaccines at present in use within the UK), although it’s unclear to what extent it will grant him immunity from the virus. Ali stays asymptomatic at this stage and is at present due out of isolation on January 13, the day earlier than the primary Take a look at is scheduled to start out. In consequence, there would look like no likelihood of him enjoying.
Certainly, his involvement within the collection have to be unsure. The medical workers at Sri Lanka cricket suggested gamers who examined constructive in the course of the LPL to keep away from high-level sport for a number of weeks in the event that they skilled even delicate signs.
With the ECB having benefited from the efforts of West Indies, Pakistan, Eire and Australia in touring England in attempting circumstances throughout 2020, there stays an understanding that the tour ought to proceed if in any respect attainable. However, as all concerned await the take a look at outcomes, it’s arduous to flee the conclusion the way forward for this tour is on a knife edge.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo
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