Sri Lanka vs England – England mull third spin option with Moeen Ali ruled out of first Test | Cricket










Moeen Ali is out of the first Test and is a doubt for the second © Getty Images


England will consider adding one of their three reserve spinners to their main squad ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka on January 14, after head coach Chris Silverwood ruled Moeen Ali out of contention.

Ali has been self-isolating after returning a positive Covid-19 test on arrival in Sri Lanka, with his quarantine period ending on January 13, the day before the first Test. As a result, England may look to one of the three spin bowlers who travelled with the squad as reserves – Mason Crane, Matt Parkinson and Amar Virdi – to keep their options open. Parkinson and Virdi are both uncapped, while Crane’s only Test came in the Sydney dead-rubber at the end of the 2017-18 Ashes.

Silverwood expects to get a first look at the…

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