‘Wouldn’t wish COVID-19 on anyone’ – Moeen

England all-rounder Moeen Ali says he would not wish anyone his positive coronavirus diagnosis and two weeks of isolation. Moeen was confined to his hotel room for much of England’s recent tour of Sri Lanka, missing both Tests. 

The thirty-three-year-old is back in contention to play in the first Test against India in Chennai starting on Friday.  “I actually don’t know how I got through those fourteen days, it was tough,” said Moeen. 

The off-spinner is the only England player to have returned a confirmed positive test for coronavirus while on international duty.  Moeen said he had lost taste for a day or so and splitting headaches for three days. 

“My body was very sore and I’ve never experienced that sort of tiredness before in my life,” the all-rounder added. Moeen noted the fourteen days felt like they were dragging, “The last four days in particular were very tough because I felt fine but was just stuck in the room.”

Moeen, a devoted Muslim, says he will have the coronavirus vaccine when it is available to him. There have been concerns that a spread of disinformation might discourage some members of the UK’s south Asian community from being vaccinated.  

But Moeen explained, “It’s like any other vaccine—there’s a lot of conspiracy theories out there but it’s just medicine evolving.”

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