London: David Lloyd spoke to Steve Waugh on Tuesday in a bid to defuse the row that has surrounded the Australia captain's return to English county cricket with Kent.
Waugh, due to make his Kent debut on Wednesday, dismissed ex-England coach Lloyd as 'paranoid' after he suggested that the batsman's participation in county cricket was simply a cover for a spying mission on English players ahead of this winter's Ashes series in Australia. Both Waugh and twin brother Mark, who is back at Essex, are seeing out the English season as replacement overseas players. Earlier this month, Lloyd told 'Britain's Mirror' newspaper that Steve Waugh's participation in county cricket was an example of 'glasnost gone mad'. Glasnost was the policy of political liberalisation in the Soviet Union ushered in by former leader Mikhail Gorbachev during the late 1980s. Lloyd's point was that while Australian players could jet in to England at the drop of a hat there was next to no chance of an Australian state employing an English player. But on Tuesday former England opening batsman Lloyd said Waugh's presence would benefit county cricket. "I spoke to Steve this morning and we're both very relaxed about it," revealed Lloyd. "We go back a long way to the days when he was playing for Somerset and I was a first class umpire. "He's a world class player who will enrich county cricket just as overseas signings like Barry Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Clive Lloyd did more than 30 years ago."
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