Joe Burns To Join Middlesex In May
Australian batsman Joe Burns is all set to join Middlesex in May for the county season as a replacement for fellow team-mate Adam Voges who will be unavailable due to national duty.
Burns, who wasn’t picked in Australia’s Test squads to play against West Indies and England, seemed excited at the opportunity.
“The chance to call Lord's home is going to be special,” said Burns.
“The club has high ambitions for success in Division One, 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."
Having compiled twin fifties in his second Test against India last summer, Burns was unlucky not to find a place in the Australian team for the season ahead.
However, a record-breaking domestic season at home for Voges ensured him a spot in Australia’s Test squad ahead of Burns for the West Indies tour and the Ashes series that follows.
While admitting his disappointment at being left out, the 25-year-old is aware of the healthy competition for slots in the Australian line-up.
"Sometimes tough calls are made and 50-50 calls can go against you.
“But you can't get too down about it."
Burns, who compiled a century for Queensland last month, hopes to maintain consistency in his performances in a bid to earn a recall to the national side.
“You have to focus on what's important and the things that you need to continually keep doing to keep performing.
"I think I'm not going to get too caught up in getting down in the dumps about it."
Meanwhile, the Middlesex team-management led by Managing Director Angus Fraser are happy with their latest foreign signing.
"We are delighted to be signing a hungry young Australian who will be desperate to show everyone what he is capable of doing," said Fraser.
From 52 first-class matches, Burns has an aggregate of 3479 runs at a good average of 42.95 with eight centuries and 21 half-centuries.
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