Otten Not Forgotten

Andy Otten has had an interrupted career. Citrus Bob Utber has kept an eye on him in recent times.

Nostradamus Speaks

‘Citrus Bob’ Utber gives us his bold predictions for AFL season 2017. Let’s see how his thoughts hold-up at the end of year.

Round 1 – Fremantle v Geelong: Not So Quiet On The Western Front

Citrus Bob Utber provides a harrowing account of the battle fought at the Western Front (Subiaco) between Geelong and Fremantle.

Travel Almanac: Saturday in VB

More observations from Villers-Bretenneux by Citrus Bob.

Almanac Travel – L’homme dangereux

Citrus Bob has made a pilgrimage to Villers-Bretonneux, France, from where he writes of his grandfather, war, and of getting back into the classroom [Marvellous – Ed].

Almanac Cricket: What next for Australia?

Citrus Bob Utber loves a selection discussion and, after reporting on the entire Test summer, he picks his squad to tour India.

Australia v Pakistan – SCG Test, Day 1: Marvellous

Citrus Bob delights in some top-shelf Australian batting from the Big Ship, the Future Australian Captain and especially a “faultless, explosive, dynamic” DA Warner. Marvellous.

Australia v Pakistan – MCG, Day 5: Confessions of a Test Cricket Predictor

Citrus Bob Utber is a man of predictions. He’s happy to be proven wrong on this occasion in what turns into an absorbing Test match.

Australia v Pakistan – MCG, Day 4: Prospects thwarted

Citrus Bob arrives at the MCG on Day 4 with hopes for the game and without a jacket. He leaves still without a jacket.

Australia v Pakistan – MCG Test, Day 3: Bowlers take a hammering

Citrus Bob at the MCG sees Azhar Ali, DA Warner and UT Khawaja make life very difficult for the bowlers. With two days to play, the speed of Australia’s scoring has brought them back into calculations.

Australia v Pakistan – MCG Test, Day 2: Drizzle, Shmizzle.

Citrus Bob Utber, like many at the MCG, is being driven nuts by the rain – but that hasn’t stopped him catching up with friends old and new, and picking an Australian team of players who have animal and bird names.

Australia v Pakistan – MCG Test, Day 1: When Smith invited Lyon

Citrus Bob returns to the MCG for Boxing day 2016: a humid day of interesting moves, an abiding sense of time marching on and time to reflect.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba, Day 5: Enchanting Test cricket

After the first two sessions back on Thursday, no-one thought this Test match would reach the fifth day. But the fight in the Pakistanis meant it did. With the Australians getting jumpier and jumpier as the Pakistani batsmen crossed off the runs the Test turned into a near-classic.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba, Day 4: Tropical storms, Pakistani fight and No-Doze.

Citrus Bob Utber experiences the tropical delights of the Brisbane climate and a mighty fine fight from the Pakistani middle order, as they edge their way towards an unlikely victory. It’s just a pity the only locals still awake were those on No-Doze.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba, Day 3: Pakistan hang in there

Citrus Bob Utber is impressed with the fight of the Pakistani batsmen as they hold Australia out, reasonably well, under the lights at the Gabba.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba, Day 2: Worser and worser, or worserer?

An inventive Day 2 report from an engaged Citrus Bob Utber as he plucks new terms to describe old things. Fine use of the verb ‘to squack’ and of the comparative of comparatives as he conveys a sense of the strengths of the Australians and the frailties of the fielding and batting frailties of the Pakistanis.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba, Day 1: Pinky Pool Perfect

Citrus Bob Utber may eschew the lemon dacks for the lime budgy-smugglers as his respect for the pool grows. He reports on the opening day of the Gabba Test when young Renshaw reminded him of The Big Ship.

Australia v Pakistan – Gabba Test: Time will tell

Test cricket returns to Brisbane on Thursday. The team, opponent, conditions and game all very different from recent Chappell-Hadlee life. Citrus Bob gazes into his crystal ball.

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 4: The newbies get the chocolates

Citrus Bob Utber gets the revamped Australians home and analyses the performance of the new chums. [Well played Citrus Bob – JTH]

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 3: Not bad, this Test cricket

Citrus Bob Utber describes yet another day when Test cricket has shown itself to be the king of cricket.