Silverwood was an integral part of the Yorkshire seam attack for over a decade before moving to Middlesex in 2006.
He made his Yorkshire debut in 1993 against Hampshire after attending the county's academy.
He played for England Under-19s in 1994 and made his full international debut in 1996 on the tour of Zimbabwe, appearing in both the Test and one-day side.
Silverwood recorded match figures of 4-71 on his Test debut but had to wait three years before he was selected again on the 1999-2000 tour of South Africa.
He took 5-91 in the fourth Test in Cape Town but never quite captured his county form on the international stage.
He went on to play in six Tests and seven ODIs. He also played a part for England in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament in 2002 and 2003, where he put in a match-winning performance with both bat and ball in the 2003 final against Pakistan.
A more than useful lower-order batsman, Silverwood was also pushed up the order to pinch hit for Yorkshire in limited-overs cricket.
He helped the White Rose win the County Championship in 2001, taking 33 wickets despite being restricted to eight appearances due to a rib injury.
He was rewarded by Yorkshire with a benefit season in 2004 and he helped hsi county win promotion from Division Two of the championship in 2005, although injury and disappointing form limited him to six appearances.
Silverwood moved to Middlesex in 2006 on a two-year contract and took 29 wickets in the 2007 championship season. He played in just two one-day games.
A knee injury ruled him out of most the 2008 season. He maanged just two apperances, both in the championship at the start of the campaign.
Though he featured more regularly the following summer - he was one of only three players to appear in every Friends Provident Trophy match - he was released by Middlesex at the end of the season.