Ces Burke

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Ces Burke
Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 60
Runs scored 4 959
Batting average 2.00 17.43
100s/50s 0/0 0/2
Top score 3 51*
Balls bowled 66 12757
Wickets 2 200
Bowling average 15.00 25.99
5 wickets in innings 0 7
10 wickets in match 0 1
Best bowling 2/30 6/23
Catches/stumpings 0/- 31/-
Source: Cricinfo
The New Zealand Test team, Christchurch, March 1947. Ces Burke, who was 12th man, is at top left.

Cecil Burke (born 27 March 1914 in Ellerslie, New Zealand and died 4 August 1997 in Auckland) was a cricketer who played for Auckland and, once, for New Zealand.

A lower-order right-handed batsman and a leg-break and googly bowler, Burke, variously known as Cec or Ces, made his first-class debut for Auckland in 1937-38 and then played regularly for the team up to the 1953-54 season. He was picked as a specialist bowler for the single Test match played in 1945-46 between New Zealand and Australia, which was won comprehensively by the Australians, New Zealand failing to total 100 runs in their two innings combined. Burke took two Australian wickets – Bill Brown and Keith Miller.

He was 12th man for the single Test match of the following season, 1946–47, when MCC toured Australia and New Zealand, and was selected for the tour to England in 1949. He had a fairly undistinguished tour, taking 54 wickets at an average of 29.83 and scoring just 171 runs, and did not play in any of the Tests.

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