In December 2018, Australian opening batsman Joe Burns was confirmed as one of Lancashire’s overseas signings for the 2019 season and will play 10 Specsavers County Championship matches for the Club.
The 29 year-old has represented his country in both Test match and One Day International cricket and he has three Test match centuries to his name since making his debut in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG against India back in 2014.
Burns is regarded as a stylish batsman, who plays straight and late with the patience to wait for balls that are in his area. He burst onto the scene in 2011 for his native Queensland, striking 140 on his Sheffield Shield debut against South Australia, the third highest score on debut by a Queensland player.
The following summer he established a regular place in the Queensland side and scored 781 runs at an average of 41.10, helping Queensland to lift the Sheffield Shield, before a move up the order to open the batting.
In 2014-15 he finished as Queensland’s top run scorer in the Shield with 793 scored at an average of over 52 and his Test debut would following later that Australian summer.
Burns also has experience of playing in England. In 2013 he was signed by Leicestershire as an overseas replacement for Ramnaresh Sarwan while in 2015 he deputised for then Middlesex captain Adam Voges, before playing in the ODI series between England and Australia that same summer.
His strong batting average of 40.58 from his 102 first class matches, accompanied by 15 centuries and 39 fifties, led to Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple making the move to bring Burns to Emirates Old Trafford for the 2019 season.