After spending around a decade with the Brisbane Heat, nine years to be specific, Big Bash League (BBL) player Joe Burns has parted ways with the team to join the Melbourne Stars. The top-order batsman has signed a three-year contract with the Stars, which means until the end of the 2023-24 season.
The big development took place as the Big Bash opened the trade window ahead of the BBL|11 title tilt.
The former Test player, who has a T20 average of 24.54 and strike-rate of 121.12, leaves his hometown club after 59 appearances for the team. He had been a key player behind the team’s success, having impressive statistics in the BBL, with a total of 1192 runs with a strike rate of 123.52 in 59 games.
“It was obviously a difficult decision leaving the Heat after being there for so long; however, I am ready for a new challenge at the Stars,” Burns said.
“The Melbourne Stars have been a very strong team over the years and I’m excited to join the team and I can’t wait to get stuck into training with my new teammates.”
The 31-year old has been going through a rough patch, having lost his Test cap ahead of the summer in 2020-21. However, February saw him past a swashbuckling 171 against Tasmania in the Marsh Sheffield Shield. Although, he ended the first-class season with an average of 22.64 – the lowest of his 11-year career. His performance in BBL has, however, been topliner considering his stats.
The Stars aim to bolster their middle-order with Joe Burns in the squad. They had a disappointing last summer, with just five wins from their 14 games and finishing at the second-last position.
Melbourne Stars BBL|11 squad (so far)
Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Tom O’Connell, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.