Erin Burns set to press claim for Australian debut


She certainly wouldn’t look out of place in green and gold — Ellyse Perry labelled Burns the best middle-order batter in the country earlier this summer.

«It’s obviously something most cricketers think about from time to time, having that goal of trying to represent your country and play at the highest level,» Burns said.

«It certainly has been something that has been on the radar, but I think it’s that old cliche, if you start thinking too far ahead then you miss the moment as it is in the present.

«To finish the season playing for the Governor-General’s XI is a pretty sweet way to finish off for me. I’m just really excited about finishing off on a high and hopefully we can get one over the Kiwis.

«It was a bit of a surprise at the end of the season to get a call-up, but I’m super excited to pull on Australian colours and play against the best XI in New Zealand.

«There’s a lot of really good quality younger talent coming through, so as one of the older girls it’s nice to see how Australian cricket is shaping up from a junior level.»

Erin Burns will be in Sixers colours again next season.

Erin Burns will be in Sixers colours again next season.Credit:AAP

The Governor-General’s XI is the women’s equivalent of the Prime Minister’s XI clash and has given fringe Australian players and rising stars a taste of international cricket since its introduction in 2016.

Burns is off-contract with the Meteors and ACT coach David Drew has an early chance to raise the prospect of getting her back to Canberra — he has taken the reins of the Governor-General’s XI.

In front of them is another Meteor in Hayley Jensen and a New Zealand outfit determined to find some momentum and avoid a Rose Bowl whitewash at the hands of Australia.

Australia will hunt for a 3-0 clean sweep when their one-day series against the White Ferns resumes at Junction Oval on March 3.

While Burns won’t be lining up in that game, she may well be come July 2 at Leicester’s Grace Road.

Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times

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