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Silverwood to return home from New Zealand tour after family bereavement
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Silverwood to return home from New Zealand tour after family bereavement

England head coach Chris Silverwood will return home early from the tour of New Zealand because of a family bereavement.

The England and Wales Cricket Board in a statement said Silverwood would depart home following day two of the second Test at Hamilton.

"Assistant coaches Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood will assume responsibility of team affairs alongside Test captain Joe Root for the remainder of the New Zealand tour," said ECB in a statement.

The New Zealand tour is Silverwood's first assignment as head coach of the England side after Trevor Bayliss left following the Ashes in summer.

England were hammered by an innings and 65 runs in the first Test and then had to deal with Archer's revelation that a spectator at Mount Maunganui's Bay Oval passed racial abuse at the fast bowler.

"Once we get going, the onus is on the players really for the five days, so Spoons (Silverwood) going home won't be a distraction to us whatsoever," Stokes said of Silverwood’s absence.

Stokes also backed Silverwood's decision to go home early during the tour.

"Family always comes first, no matter where you are in the world or the situation the team finds itself in," Stokes said.

"He asked my opinion personally and I said 'from my point of view you need to get yourself back home'."