England all-rounder, Moeen Ali opens up about the symptoms he suffered from having contracted with the covid-19 virus and his time in isolation. Ali was tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in Sri Lanka in January on 4th January.
The entire squad was then retested on January 5 and was allowed to train only after testing negative. Allrounder, Chris Woakes was also put in isolation because he shared the car ride with Moeen Ali – however, Woakes had tested negative.
Moeen Ali was then put in an extended quarantine period since the Sri Lankan authorities didn’t want to take any risks. Hence, the left-hander missed both the Test matches. Ali opens up on the fatigue and tiredness he felt upon landing in the Island nation. Indeed, he wasn’t surprised that he had tested positive because he felt very weak and even had a loss of taste.
“I didn’t sleep much on the plane and felt a bit jet-lagged and then in the evening, I started to get splitting headaches. The test was positive. I was not surprised, I had a feeling because once I landed I didn’t feel great,” Moeen Ali said, as quoted by India Today.
“I had a loss of taste for a day or so, splitting headaches for three days, my body was very sore and the fatigue was…. I’ve never experienced that sort of tiredness before in my life. It was three days feeling pretty rough and the rest was fine,” he added.
I wouldn’t wish it on anyone: Moeen Ali
The 33-year-old, who is currently in Chennai preparing for the Test series against India, says that the kind of weakness he felt, he wouldn’t wish on anyone else to suffer. The off-spinner was upset because he couldn’t be part of the England side which took on Sri Lanka in Galle as the pitch offered turn right from the first session. The Three Lions whitewashed the Lankans are will take on Virat Kohli’s side on 5th February at the Chepauk.
“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone to be honest with you, just stuck there, especially when you land on a tour and then you’re positive, and then you get out and towards the end you’re watching the wicket spinning and you want to be out there,” he further said.
Moeen Ali is likely to play in Chennai considering the spin-friendly nature of the pitch at the Chepauk. The all-rounder is making a return to the Test side having last played in the 2019 Ashes.
He would have fond memories of his individual performance on the previous tour to India, despite England losing 4-0. Ali scored 381 runs, including 2 tons, and picked 10 wickets.