27 March 1914|
Ellerslie, New Zealand
|Died||4 August 1997
Auckland, New Zealand
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Legbreak googly|
|Test debut||29 March 1946 v Australia|
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 mixed tour, taking 54 wickets in 18 games at an average of 29.83, including 6–23 against Derbyshire, but scoring just 171 runs. During the course of the tour he injured his hand and as a consequence did not play in any of the Tests.
- Profile, CricketArchive.com; accessed 27 March 2015.