The former England all-rounder had been in the role for a little under a year, initially on an interim basis as Shane Bond's replacement, before taking it on full-time. The constant travel away from his young family had been the main reason behind his decision to give up the post, the former Otago coach said.

"At first I thought I could balance the responsibilities but I no longer think that's feasible. I need to be closer to my family," the 38-year-old said in a New Zealand Cricket statement

"I had an amazing time with the team. It's probably been the best time I've had in cricket, either as a player or as a coach," he added.

Australia skipper Steve Smith's side depart for their short tour of New Zealand tomorrow, for an itinerary that begins with the first of three one-day internationals next Wednesday.

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