Joe Burns has signed to play for Middlesex from early May until the middle of July replacing Adam Voges as Middlesex’s overseas player when he tours the West Indies with Australia.
Burns and Voges will both be available to play in Middlesex’s opening NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Gloucestershire at Bristol. At the conclusion of the match Voges will depart for the Caribbean. Burns will then be available to play in Middlesex’s next seven LV=County Championship matches and eleven NatWest T20 Blast games before leaving to tour India with Australia A on 18 July.
“I’m very excited to sign with Middlesex for this season and to be linking up with this fantastic group of players,” Burns said. “I’m looking forward to joining my teammates in May as I’ve heard great things about the club culture.
“The chance to call Lord’s home is going to be special. The club has high ambitions for success in Division 1, which was important for me. I am thrilled to get the opportunity to contribute to what is hopefully a very successful period for the club.”
Burns had an excellent Sheffield Shield season with Queensland scoring almost 800 runs at an average of 53. These performances earned him his Test debut for Australia against India. In his two appearances he scored two fifties and was unfortunate not to be picked for Australia’s tours of West Indies and England. During the winter he also scored 278 runs at an average of 46 in 50 over cricket.
“We are delighted to be signing a hungry young Australian who will be desperate to show everyone what he is capable of doing. Joe is an exciting young batsman who has had an excellent winter and was unfortunate to miss out on Australia’s tours,” said Middlesex’s managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser. “Ironically, it is probably Adam Voges who took his place in the touring party.
“He has experience of batting anywhere in the top six, is a very good limited overs player and is an excellent fielder.”
“The schedules of other countries and the start of the Caribbean Premier League means that it is extremely difficult to get a player that is available for an entire summer and we are already planning a replacement for Joe when he leaves to play for Australia A in mid-July.”
Middlesex CCC will announce their plans for a further overseas player in the coming weeks.
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