Joe Burns made an immediate impact with a remarkable performance on his Marsh Shield debut during the 2010-11 season, scoring an impressive 140 runs. This early success was a glimpse of the great potential he held. His contribution was vital in helping Queensland secure the Marsh Shield the following season, and his consistent form earned him the prestigious Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year award in 2013.
Continuing his impressive performances with Queensland in the 2014-15 season, Burns received his opportunity in Test cricket when he stepped in for an injured Michael Clarke during the home series against India. While his debut series showed promise, marked by two half-centuries, he faced a setback when dropped for the subsequent two series. However, Burns displayed resilience and determination to regain his place in the side during Australia’s 2015-16 summer season.
During this period, he added three more Test centuries to his name, bringing his total to four centuries in just eight Test matches. Following a period of rotation in the top order for Australia’s Test team, Burns assumed a consistent role as David Warner’s opening partner during the 2019/20 home season. His journey in Test cricket is a testament to his dedication and ability to seize opportunities when they arise.