The 1st Test Match between England and Sri Lanka took place on the 14th of January 2021. In the first innings, Sri Lanka shot 135 runs in 46.1 overs and England managed to make 421 runs off 117.1 overs. But noticeably that match was without one prominent and most important player of the England Team, who is Moeen Ali. This test and the upcoming one are part of the England tour of Sri Lanka. When England arrived in Sri Lanka on 3rd January 2021, all the players and staff members were tested for Covid-19. And Moeen Ali was, unfortunately, examined to be negative. 

Moeen uncoupled from the team!

Hence, he was put in self-quarantine for 10 days as per the Sri Lankan rules and restrictions and he was separated by his team for their and his safety. At first, his quarantine days were going to be of only 10 days but due to the outbreak of a new strain of Covid-19 in the UK, Moeen’s isolation was expanded to 3 more days. Along with him, all-rounder cricketer, Chris Woakes, was thought to be in near contact with Moeen Ali and he too, was granted self-isolation and after that, all team members were tested again. 

Moeen surprises teammates! 

But, now, according to news as of 16th January 2021, Moeen Ali had united with his cricket squad again. On the third day of the first Test Match, when the players went to the dressing rooms for tea break then, they saw something that cheered and powered them up, yes, none other than Moeen Ali was sitting in the room and everybody was excited to have him back into the team. 

In a post-match interview of Sam Curran, he said that when they witnessed Mo in there, a smile???? ran on everybody’s face and it was pleasant and nice to know that he has spent all of his time in isolation and has returned to the team. But when Sam was asked about whether Mo would play the second Test Match or not, he said he’s quite not sure if he would, but he hopes that he will be on the grounds for practicing as the past weeks were somewhat hard for him and he must’ve thought that once he would be with the team, he’d give it his all again. 

You can see Sam Curran’s whole interview here, 

Till now even in the absence of Moeen Ali England team is playing awesomely but with the coming of him, an exponential increase in the probability of England winning this series would happen. 
According to you, what do you think Moeen Ali would play the 2nd test or not? Share with us!


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