By Ben Waterworth
Before the Brisbane Heat's first game of BBL|02, not many cricket fans had heard of Joe Burns
But come the end of January, those same fans might be touting this young Heat batsman as the next best thing.
Burns has had a great start to his second season in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, producing two solid scores from his first two matches.
The 23-year-old made 44 off 27 balls
against the Hobart Hurricanes in the Heat's first match, smashing five fours and two sixes, as well as sharing in a 49-run partnership with Dan Christian.
Burns also played a big part in the Heat's thrilling win against the Adelaide Strikers, producing 37 off 30 balls and, more importantly, sharing in a 99-run second-wicket partnership with Luke Pomersbach.
The right-handed batsman, who came into BBL|02 with fantastic form for Queensland under his belt, has also been a BBL fantasy revelation for a number of coaches.
He has produced scores of 64 and 37 from his first two matches, which is incredible value for a player worth $36,000. Coaches who picked him in his teams must be rejoicing in front of their computers!
And if you do not have J.Burns as a batsman in your team, select him - now! He is sure to make you plenty of cash.
For a young man, Burns' poise and temperament at the wicket is outstanding. He is able to adapt to any situation in any format.
The Queenslander also has plenty of power and certainly knows where the boundary rope is - and how clear it!
Along with the Renegades' Aaron Finch and the Strikers' Nathan Reardon, Burns has hit four sixes for the competition to date, which is more than any other BBL batsman.
Not only is he a safe fantasy selection, he is also a tempting Streak choice.
Burns will be hoping to continue his big hitting and solid form tonight when the Heat host the Perth Scorchers at the 'Gabba.