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 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, she 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, she 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.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Brunette (brown)
Eye Colour: Brown
Body Measurements (approx.): 32-28-32
Parents & Siblings
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.
Wife & Children
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.
A new Sixer in the world 🌏
Congratulations Erin & Anna on the birth of their son Jack ❤️ pic.twitter.com/aPAIeBLNkV
— Sydney Sixers (@SixersBBL) January 23, 2022
She follows Christianity.
She 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-17 Women, New South Wales Under-19 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 was presented with the chance to represent Tasmania and she accepted the offer.
In 2015, she 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, she 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.
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) December 14, 2019
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.
Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL)
On 16 October 2010, she made her debut in the Women’s National Cricket League; on her first match against the New South Wales Women, she scored 51 runs from 43 balls. In her debut season (2010-2011) she scored 197 runs from six matches, including 85 runs from 69 balls against the Western Australia Women; Tasmanian Roar lost in all the league matches and finished at the bottom of the table. During her second season with the Tasmanian Roar, she took three catches and scored 153 runs from five matches. Erin played the first two matches of the 2013-2014 season and was sidelined for the rest of the season following an injury she suffered in late 2013. On 29 November 2014, she was named to the starting eleven of the Tasmanian Roar for their group match against the Queensland Women; this was her first match in the WNCL since her injury and scored five runs from 20 balls before she was dismissed by Jess Jonassen. She finished the season with 124 runs from five matches and took six catches from five matches. On 28 October 2016, she bowled ten overs at an economy of 4.50 and scored 74 runs from 75 balls against the Australian Capital Territory Women as Tasmanian Roar beat them by four wickets. Ahead of the 2017-2018 WNCL season, it was announced that she was playing for the Australian Capital Territory Women (Intravision ACT Meteors); she finished the 2017-2018 season with 148 runs from six matches. She took ten wickets from six matches and ended as the fourth-highest wicket-taker during the 2018-2019 season; she scored a total of 67 runs from six matches during this season. In 2020, she left the Australian Capital Territory Women’s team to play for her state team New South Wales Women. On 10 February 2021, she made her debut for New South Wales Women against Victoria Women; she scored one run from seven balls. On 17 December 2021, she scored 80 runs (not out) from 48 balls and took one wicket from eight overs at an economy of 5.12 against Victoria Women. In 2021, she was named the WNCL Player of the Tournament.
166 runs at an average of 41.50 plus 6 wickets 🙌
All-rounder Erin Burns is our WNCL Player of the Tournament! pic.twitter.com/YndLyFEPMq
— Cricket NSW (@CricketNSW) April 7, 2022
On 30 September 2022, Erin won the Player of the Match award during the New South Wales Women’s victory over Western Australia Women; she scored 54 runs (not out) from 44 balls. She finished the season with 353 runs from 12 matches including 87 runs from 75 balls she scored against her former team, Australian Capital Territory Women.
Have we just seen the 'catch of the summer' from Erin Burns in the #WNCL?!
Wait for this replay… Unreal! pic.twitter.com/3cP9LUEAhR
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2023
Australian Women’s Twenty20 Cup (2009/2010-2014/2015)
She was 21 years old when she made her debut for Tasmanian Roar (since 2018 known as Tasmanian Tigers) in the Australian Women’s Twenty20 Cup. 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.
Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL)
In 2015, she made her debut with Hobart Hurricanes in the inaugural season (2015-2016) of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). Erin scored 224 runs and took 7 wickets at an economy of 6.59. On 1 January 2016, she was named Player of the Match against the Brisbane Heat Women; she took three catches and scored 24 runs from 17 balls.
On her birthday, let us relive some of those stunning catches held by Austalia's Erin Burns 😀 pic.twitter.com/wSFfSHjEQh
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) June 22, 2021
Erin took nine catches and 217 runs from 14 matches in the second season of WBBL. Ahead of the 2017-2018 season, Erin Burns joined the Sydney Sixers; she won her first Women’s Big Bash League title in the same season. On 13 November 2019, she took three wickets from two overs against Hobart Hurricanes. On 18 November 2020, she took four catches and three wickets against the Sydney Thunder and was named Player of the Match.
☝️ Three wickets
✊ Four catches
Erin Burns had an excellent game at #WBBL06 today, helping Sydney Sixers clinch a four-run win over Sydney Thunder 👏
She made an excellent comeback to take a wicket on the final ball after conceding three consecutive fours in the last over! pic.twitter.com/vDyFH1lum3
— ICC (@ICC) November 19, 2020
In October 2021, it was announced that Erin’s arrival for the start of the Women’s Big Bash League’s 7th edition was delayed due to some personal issues; later due to a border lockdown, she was forced to miss the remainder of the season. In July 2022, she announced that she extended her contract with the Sydney Sixers for two more seasons. During the 2022-2023 season, she scored 295 runs from 15 matches with a strike rate of 145.32 and was named in the Team of the Tournament.
Erin Burns gets creative!
— Weber Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) October 29, 2022
One Day International (ODI)
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. She received her first ODI cap from Ellyse Perry.
We're not crying, YOU'RE crying! 😭😭
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 9, 2019
Yeah Burnsy! The debutante off-spinner Erin Burns comes on for a bowl 🙌
— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) September 8, 2019
On 14 September 2019, she made her international T20 debut against the West Indies Women at Bridgetown, Barbados; Erin dismissed Stacy-Ann King on a run-out. She caught the catch of Reniece Boyce in the second match of the series. In the final match of the series, she bowled two overs at an economy of 4.50; she did not bat in any of the three matches. In September 2019, she was named to the Australian women’s T20I squad for the Sri Lanka Women’s tour of Australia. On 30 September 2019, she dismissed Hansima Karunaratne on a run-out and scored 30 runs from 18 balls. In the third match of the series, she bowled four overs at an economy of 5.00. She underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a fragment of bone from her knee in January just before the announcement of the Australian women’s team for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup; in January 2020, Australia’s coach Matthew Mott announced the T20 World Cup squad and Erin was included in the squad.
Erin Burns is one of two new faces in the Aussie squad looking to claim back-to-back #T20WorldCup titles 🏆
— News Cricket (@NewsCorpCricket) January 15, 2020
Initially, it was expected that she would be fit ahead of the T20 tri-series against the England women and the India women ahead of the World Cup. However, there were some complications with her treatment and she was not fit for the series; Erin lacked match fitness when the ICC tournament commenced. In an interview, Erin revealed that although she was fit by the first two matches of the tournament and was available for selection, the lack of match fitness stood in her way of getting selected; she did not feature in any of the matches.
In 2021, she was signed by the Birmingham Phoenix Women for the tournament’s inaugural season (2021-2022). On 23 July 2021, she was named to the starting eleven for the opening match against the London Spirit Women’s team and took two wickets from twenty balls. She scored 17 runs from 16 balls against Manchester Originals Women before she was caught out by Harmanpreet Kaur. On 4 August 2021, she scored 45 runs from 28 balls against Oval Invincibles Women; her highest score in the tournament. Erin scored 156 runs from nine matches at a strike rate of 121.87. In August 2022, Manchester Originals announced the signing of Erin Burns; she replaced Deandra Dottin in the squad and played in two matches. On 28 August 2022, she made her debut for Manchester Originals Women; she took a wicket and scored 28 runs from 25 balls against the Birmingham Phoenix Women. She bowled ten bowls at an economy of 1.90 and scored five runs during their defeat against the Oval Invincibles Women.
Women’s Premier League (WPL)
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.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 19, 2023
- 2010: Tasmania State Player of the Year Award
- 2021: WNCL Player of the Tournament
- 2022: WBBL Team of the Tournament
- In 2014, she was plagued with injuries which limited her playing time; her specialist suggested that cycling would help strengthen her knee and she continued cycling post-recovery. In 2015, she completed a 1000 km bike ride from Wollongong, Central Sydney to Melbourne, Victoria in memory of her father who passed away in 2005; she embarked on the mission to help raise funding for a charity organization and to raise awareness about cancer.
- 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.