Barbecue helped end the drought
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