Erin Burns is an Australian cricketer. She is an all-rounder and played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League.
Erin Burns Bio
Erin Alexandra Burns was born on Wednesday, 22 June 1988 (age 34 years; as of 2022) in Coledale, New South Wales, Australia. She is fondly called ‘Ez’ by her family and friends. She completed her schooling at Bulli High School, New South Wales, Australia.
She holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree (B.Sc. ExSc) from the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia. In 2009, she graduated with distinction and became a registered exercise physiologist under Exercise Sports Science Australia (ESSA), after completing the mandatory 500 practical hours required for accreditation.
In 2011, Erin Burns received the Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship provided by Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) and did a Master of Physiotherapy (M.Phty) (2011-2012) at the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Later, Erin Burns went on to complete various courses for advanced treatments of the lumbar spine and pelvis, thoracic spine, rib cage and neck, SFMA, dry needling, and clinical pilates. She started playing cricket with the school team and later played for some of the local clubs in her hometown.
Her father’s name is Keith. In 2005, her father died after battling cancer; Erin was 16 years old when he passed away. Her mother’s name is not known. She was a high school teacher. Her mother got married again after her father passed away. Her brother’s name is Mitch Burns.
On 11 April 2018, she got engaged to Anna Jane. On 9 March 2019, they got married in a private ceremony. They celebrated their honeymoon in Italy for one month. Anna Jane was a teacher and a homemaker. Their son, Jack Mitchell Murphy Burns, was born on 20 January 2022.
Erin Burns worked as a physiotherapist at the Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in North Sydney, NSW between April 2013 and April 2015. In April 2013, she started working as a physiotherapist at the Military Road Physiotherapy in Neutral Bay, NSW.
Erin Burns has represented New South Wales Under-17s Women, New South Wales Under-19s Women, Tasmania Women, Australia Under-21s Women, Wellington Women, Hobart Hurricanes Women, Sydney Sixers Women, Australian Capital Territory Women, Australia Governor General’s XI, New South Wales Women, and Australia A Women at the domestic level. In 2002, she participated in her first country cricket championship.
She was selected for an NSW under-age program and became part of the NSW development squad. However, her career was at a standstill at NSW; she could not make it into the star-studded NSW state team and found herself stuck in the state’s second XI.
In 2009, the Tasmania state team (Tasmanian Roar) was making their debut in the first official edition of the Australian Women’s Twenty20 Cup; Erin Burns was presented with the chance to represent Tasmania and she accepted the offer.
In 2015, Erin Burns was part of the Wellington Blaze team which won the 2014-2015 New Zealand Women’s Twenty20 Competition. In the final, she took two wickets and scored 59 runs and helped Wellington clinch the title. She won the 2014-2015 Sydney Women’s First Grade competition with the Bankstown Sports Women’s Cricket Club.
In 2019, she was named to the Governor-General XI Women’s squad for the New Zealand Women’s tour of Australia. Erin bowled eight overs at an economy of 6.12 and scored 28 runs from 32 balls. She was selected for the Australia A Women’s squad that toured England in June 2019; however, she did not feature in any matches.
In August 2019, Erin Burns was called up to the Australia A Women’s squad for the West Indies tour. She was part of the Australia A Women’s team for the India A Women’s tour of Australia in December 2019. In the second ODI match of the series, she scored 107 runs from 59 balls and won the Player of the Match award. She scored 53 runs and was not out in the third match of the series and Australia Women won the series 2-1; she was also part of the T20 team which won the series 3-0 against India Women.
In January 2022, she was selected for the Australia A Women’s squad for the tour of England. On 13 January 2023, she scored 74 runs from 92 balls against Pakistan Women and was named the player of the match as the Governor-General XI Women won by 53 runs.
She was 21 years old when Erin Burns made her debut for Tasmanian Roar (since 2018 known as Tasmanian Tigers) in the Australian Women’s Twenty20 Cup.
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In her debut season, she scored 85 runs in six matches and took two wickets; she was named the Player of the Year (2009-2010). She went on to play for the Tasmanian Roar team for the next eight seasons.
During the 2010-2011 season, she took four wickets and scored 150 runs from 11 matches; she scored 45 runs and was not out against New South Wales Women. Erin enjoyed a stellar campaign in the 2012-2013 season and scored 301 runs from 11 matches and finished as the sixth-highest scorer of the season; she also took 11 wickets from 12 matches at an economy of 5.39.
The 90 runs from 50 balls against the Victoria Women she scored on 22 December 2012, was the highest individual score of the 2012-2013 season. In the opening fixture of the 2013-2014 season, Erin scored 56 runs and took a wicket against Queensland Women.
She played five more matches before she was ruled out for the rest of the season following a career-threatening injury; she suffered a serious cartilage tear on her knee. On 28 November 2014, she returned to the starting eleven for their match against the Queensland Women; this was her first appearance for the team since she was ruled out in 2013 following her injury. She went on to score 273 runs and took ten wickets from ten matches.
In 2019, she was named to the Australian women’s team for their tour of the West Indies. On 8 September 2019, she made her ODI debut against the West Indies Women’s team at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda.
They won the match by 151 runs and she bowled four overs at an economy of 6.00. In an interview, she revealed that initially she was not included in the starting eleven, however, their skipper, Meg Lanning, complained of a muscle spasm minutes before the toss and the then 31-year-old Burns was chosen as her replacement in the team.
In 2023, during the auctions of the inaugural Women’s Premier League, Erin Burns was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore for her base price of Rs. 30 Lakhs. On 10 March 2023, she made her debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore; she replaced her compatriot Megan Schutt in the starting eleven. She scored 12 runs from nine balls before Deepti Sharma dismissed her in the ten-wicket loss against the UP Warriorz Women.
- 2010: Tasmania State Player of the Year Award
- 2021: WNCL Player of the Tournament
- 2022: WBBL Team of the Tournament
- Her jersey number is 29 (WBBL).
- In an interview, she pointed out that she preferred playing in the T20 format over ODI or Test cricket formats.
- She follows a non-vegetarian diet and consumes alcohol.