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Silverwood tests positive for Covid-19



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While staying with family in Melbourne, England head coach Chris Silverwood tested positive for Covid-19.

Silverwood was already set to miss the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney after being quarantined when a member of his family with the coronavirus in the touring camp.

In Silverwood's absence, assistant coach Graham Thorpe will guide the side as England seeks their first win of the series, with Australia having established a 3-0 lead and maintained the Ashes following an innings win at the MCG.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: "England men's head coach Chris Silverwood has tested positive for Covid-19.

"Silverwood has been isolating in Melbourne since December 30 following a positive test from one of his family members. He will remain in isolation until January 8. Silverwood is asymptomatic and is fully vaccinated

"He is expected to return to the England party in Hobart ahead of the fifth Ashes Test."

Due to a close contact of his testing positive for Covid, England had already confirmed that Adam Hollioake would not be joining the coaching set-up ahead of the fourth Test.

Hollioake had been due to assist England with Silverwood, pace bowling coach Jon Lewis, spin mentor Jeetan Patel and strength and conditioning specialist Darren Veness all isolating.