England all-rounder, Moeen Ali has been released from quarantine in Sri Lanka after being asked to do an extended isolation period. Ali was tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival in Sri Lanka and has been in isolation since January 3.
Earlier he was scheduled for a 10-day isolation period and was expected to be released on January 13th. However, the Sri Lankan authorities’ insistence, and with the full support of the England management, the all-rounder was told to remain isolated for a few more days – he consequently missed the first Test in Galle.
Finally, he is been freed on Saturday (16 January) and will be available for the second Test which commences on 22nd January.
Moeen Ali may not play in the second Test match despite being available
Moeen Ali’s awaited return to the England Test team may be extended if the management decides not to rush the all-rounder; considering players getting continuously injured while playing international cricket after a long break.
After the Sri Lanka series, Joe Root’s side will travel to India for 4 Tests- which is when Moeen is likely to make his return to Test cricket after appearing in the whites for the Three Lions in the first Test in the 2019 Ashes. Along with the Test series, both the teams will battle in a 5 T20I series, and 3 ODIs.
Moeen Ali is in England’s plan for the upcoming T20 World Cup as well. In view of a big year for England cricket – they are expected to play about 17 Test matches in the next 12 months – it would be a wise decision to not put extra pressure on Moeen Ali’s body.
In absence of the 33-year-old spinner, Jack Leach is leading England’s spin bowling department, supported ably by Dom Bess, who took a 5-for in the first innings against Sri Lanka. Youngsters, Matt Parkinson, Mason Crane, and Amar Virdi are in the squad as spin bowling alternatives.