England clear to start training after players test negative for Covid-19

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England have received a boost on their tour of Sri Lanka with the news that a fresh round of testing for Covid-19 has yielded no further positive cases.

Moeen Ali was on Monday found to have the virus upon arrival in Hambantota, where he will quarantine for 10 days in a separate wing of the touring team’s hotel.

Chris Woakes was identified as a close contact of the off-spinning all-rounder and will continue to self-isolate despite the fast bowler being among a round of blanket negatives across players and staff – discounting Moeen.

Chris Woakes in action for England
Chris Woakes will continue to self-isolate (Glyn Kirk/PA)

“All PCR tests from yesterday are negative, except for Moeen Ali, and we can start controlled training this afternoon. We will have a third Covid test tomorrow,” an England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson said on Wednesday.

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