Joe Burns was last night awarded the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year following a breakout season for the XXXX Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat.
Over the past twelve months, Burns has scored over 1,000 runs across all formats, bolstering the Bulls middle order and providing the “X-factor” at the top for the Heat.
His talent was recognised early on in his career, earning him a trip to the UK with Australia A mid-last year. It might not have been the most fruitful tour, but
the experience playing in England, a place where Australians have found it difficult in recent times, will hold him in good stead in the future.
The gifted right-handed batsmen debuted in February 2011, scoring an unbeaten 140 against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval. That century proved Burns had the skill and temperament for first-class cricket, barely missing a game for Queensland since. His average now sits at a healthy 42.28 after 23 first-class games, and after an impressive BBL|02 campaign there’s a fair chance Burns will be wearing the green and gold sooner rather than later.
The Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year is contended by players who are aged under 24 and have not played more than ten first-class fixtures.
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First Posted 05 February, 2013 1:19PM AEST