Let’s hope it’s Burns night every night at Headingley 

Australian all-rounder Erin Burns has signed an overseas deal with the Diamonds through to late July.

Burns, a six-time international, returns to regional cricket for the second successive summer having enjoyed personal success with Central Sparks in 2023. 

She hit 400 runs from the middle order and took 22 wickets with her off-spin. 

The New South Wales star, 35-years-old, is also regarded as one of the best fielders in the world. That’s certainly the view of her new team-mate Lauren Winfield-Hill. 

Burns will play in both regional competitions through to the start of the Hundred. She has played for both Birmingham Phoenix and Manchester Originals over the last few years.

Here is a player who absolutely loves a trophy. She has won too many to mention in the colours of the NSW Breakers and the Sydney Sixers and has played overseas cricket for Barbados Royals, Wellington and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Burns is a physiotherapist alongside her cricket, and she was part of the Australian squad which won the 2020 T20 World Cup on home soil but didn’t play a game. All of her international appearances came in 2019; five in T20 cricket and one in ODIs.

Burns is one of only a few bowlers who bowls with a cap on. 

Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage, another ex-team-mate of hers with the Sixers, quipped: “That’s very Australian that, isn’t it. She’s a sun-safe Aussie!”

She could well pass 6,000 career runs and 200 wickets in her time at Headingley. In List A and T20 cricket combined, she has scored 5,860 runs and has taken 184 wickets. 

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