Bar­be­cue helped end the drought

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - BEN HORNE

A BAR­BE­CUE helped break the long­est drought in Aus­tralian ODI his­tory.

As the walls caved in on the team, play­ers gath­ered at Travis Head’s house in Ade­laide for a quiet beer and a bet on Mel­bourne Cup day.

D’Arcy Short won the sweep with Cross Counter, Mitchell Starc and Josh Ha­zle­wood rounded out the tri­fecta and Ash­ton Agar got his money back on the horse that ran last.

Head’s home had a dart­board, pool ta­ble, restored pin­ball ma­chine and most im­por­tantly, an es­cape from the turmoil.

This Aus­tralian team has been heav­ily scru­ti­nised since Cape Town in late March, and it has taken a toll.

Con­fi­dence has eroded, bad results have stacked up and the blood­let­ting at head of­fice has ex­ac­er­bated the pressure and un­cer­tainty.

Aus­tralia spent nearly six weeks in the UAE desert for no results, and flew to Perth for the start of a sum­mer which was

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