Joe Burns (cricketer)

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Joe Burns
Personal information
Full nameJoseph Anthony Burns
Born (1989-09-06) 6 September 1989 (age 29)
Herston, Queensland, Australia
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleTop-order batsman
RelationsHarold Burns (Great uncle)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 441)26 December 2014 v India
Last Test1 February 2019 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 207)27 August 2015 v Ireland
Last ODI13 September 2015 v England
Domestic team information
2012–presentBrisbane Heat
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 16 6 109 68
Runs scored 1,123 146 7,204 2,146
Batting average 40.10 24.33 40.24 36.37
100s/50s 4/4 0/1 16/41 3/12
Top score 180 69 202* 154
Balls bowled 114 18
Wickets 1 1
Bowling average 48.00 33.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/0 1/20
Catches/stumpings 18/– 2/– 101/– 28/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 June 2019

Joseph Anthony Burns (born 6 September 1989) is an Australian cricketer who plays for the Brisbane Heat in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, for Queensland in Australian domestic cricket.

Early Life[edit]

Burns parents were both school teachers. He was a good cricketer as a child though not a prodigy. ""I finished uni, thinking I was going to get a job in business," he said. "I didn't play cricket with the ambition of playing professionally … but you make a few runs, go up the grades, and it all happened so quickly from there."[1]

Domestic cricket career[edit]

Burns made an exceptional start in his Sheffield Shield debut against South Australia, scoring 140 in February 2011.

The following season saw him develop into one of the highest scoring batsmen in Australian first-class cricket.

His performances resulted in a call up to the Australia A to face the touring party from England, where he scored 114 in a one-day game, not long after being named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year.

Burns continued his good form on his return to Australia and was top scorer for the Brisbane Heat in their win over Perth Scorchers in the final of the 2012–13 Big Bash League season.[2]

His performances brought him to the attention of Leicestershire who signed him as a replacement for their overseas player, Ramnaresh Sarwan, between May and August of the 2013 County season.[3] This was curtailed in July, when a hip injury forced Burns to end his spell in England and return home to Queensland.[4]

He deputised for the Middlesex captain Adam Voges during the 2015 English season.

In December 2017, Burns scored his maiden first-class double century, batting for Queensland against South Australia in the 2017–18 Sheffield Shield season.[5] In March 2018, Cricket Australia named Burns in their Sheffield Shield team of the year.[6] In 2019, he signed with Lancashire ahead of the 2019 County Championship in England.[7]

International career[edit]

In December 2014, Burns was selected to play for Australia in the Boxing Day Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground following an injury to all rounder Mitchell Marsh. He batted at number 6 and scored 13 runs before being caught behind off Umesh Yadav.[8]

He then managed to score two half centuries (58 and 66) in his second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[9]

He made his first Test century against New Zealand at the Gabba bringing up his century with two consecutive sixes off the bowling of off-spinner Mark Craig.

He made his One Day International debut for Australia against Ireland on 27 August 2015 in Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In his ODI debut, he scored a half century.[10]


On 28 March 2018, Burns was urgently recalled to the Test side following the suspensions of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for ball tampering during the third Test of the Australian 2018 Tour of South Africa.

In February 2019, Burns was again recalled to the Test squad for the two match series against Sri Lanka, and opened the batting in both matches. In the first match, across both Sri Lanka innings, Burns fielded at slips and took three catches. [11][12][13] In June 2019, Burns was diagnosed with a fatigue disorder, dating back to a viral infection that he suffered in October 2018.[14]

Career best performances[edit]

Score Fixture Venue Season
Test 180 Sri Lanka v Australia Manuka Oval, Canberra 2019
ODI 69 Australia v Ireland Stormont 2015 [10]
FC 202* Queensland v South Australia Gabba, Brisbane 2014 [15]
LA 154 India A v Australia A M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 2015 [16]
T20 81* Leicestershire Foxes v Durham Dynamos Grace Road, Leicester 2013 [17]


  1. ^ Burnett, Adam (9 May 2019). "Average Joe: Inside Burns' private world".
  2. ^ "2012/13 KFC Big Bash League Final – PRS v BRH". ABC Radio Grandstand. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Joe Burns joins Leicestershire as Sarwan replacement". BBC Sport. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Joe Burns to return to Australia". BBC Sport. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Burns makes double-century as Queensland claw back into match". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Our Sheffield Shield team of the year". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Change of season: the Australians heading to county cricket". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  8. ^ Coverdale, Brydon (21 December 2014). "Burns in line for Boxing Day debut". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Scorecard: 4th Test: Australia v. India at Sydney, 6–10 January 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Australia tour of England and Ireland, Only ODI: Ireland v Australia at Belfast, Aug 27, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Trio suspended by Cricket Australia". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Smith, Warner and Bancroft to leave South Africa". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Three new faces in Aussie Test squad". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Joe Burns diagnosed with 'fatigue disorder'". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Sheffield Shield, 2014/15 – QLD v NSW Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  16. ^ "India A Team Triangular Series, 2015 – India A v Australia A Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Friends Life t20, 2013 – Leicestershire v Durham Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2014.

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