Two Kiwi support staff fly home after earthquake

Mumbai: Two members of the New Zealand cricket team`s support staff have flown home from the World Cup to join their families after their homes were hit by the earthquake which devastated Christchurch on Tuesday.

Manager Dave Currie told reporters on Wednesday that physiotherapist Dayle Shackel and trainer Bryan Stronach were expected to return to India.

"Dayle had to get back as his property was probably damaged and his family was upset so he went back to provide some support," Currie said.

"Similarly, Bryan`s wife is four months pregnant and his house has half come down, so he has gone back to take care of his wife."

The New Zealand flag will fly at half mast when the Kiwis meet defending champions Australia in their Group B match in Nagpur on Friday.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake killed at least 71 people and left roads buckled and buildings toppled across the city of 400,000.

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