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Moeen Ali 'wouldn't wish Covid-19 on anyone'

England all-rounder Moeen Ali says he "wouldn't wish on 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 33-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 14 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.

"I had loss of taste for a day or so and splitting headaches for three days," he said. "My body was very sore and I've never experienced that sort of tiredness before in my life.

"It was three days feeling pretty rough and the rest was fine.

"The 14 days felt like they were dragging. The last four days in particular were very tough because I felt fine but I was just stuck in a room." Moeen, a devout 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.

"I'd take it and urge others to do it," Moeen said. "Having spoken to people who know quite a bit about it, I'd take it and get my family and others to take it. BBC