Burke signs on season-long loan

Leicestershire CCC are delighted to announce the signing of talented Surrey all-rounder James Burke on a season-long loan deal.

Burke is available to play in all three competitions for the Foxes but will not feature if Leicestershire play Surrey in any fixtures during the 2017 season. Burke is currently training in Cape Town and will join up with his new teammates on Leicestershire CCC’s pre-season tour to South Africa next month.

The all-rounder, who celebrates his 26th birthday today, has played for both Somerset and Surrey in his county career and also represented England under 19s in a T20 match. Burke previously played for his country at both u17 and u18 level.

Plymouth-born Burke caught the eye at the Fischer County Ground in 2015 for Surrey by claiming a four-wicket haul in a Specsavers County Championship victory for the visitors.

Burke, who has also represented his native Devon in the Minor Counties Championship, has an excellent bowling average across all three formats and is also highly capable with the bat.

The all-rounder has taken 23 first-class wickets at an average of 28.13, 17 List A victims at 20.58 including a best return of 5-28, and ten T20 wickets at 22.50.

Burke’s highest first-class score is 79, one of two half-centuries he has posted at that level, and he also made an impact in Surrey’s Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final win at Northants last summer.

Playing his first game in the competition in a pressure situation, Burke claimed 1-29 from six overs as the team progressed to a semi-final against Yorkshire.

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Pierre de Bruyn said: “It is important for us to have depth in our squad and James is a highly talented all-rounder. He will compete for a place in our side across all three competitions.

“James will add strength to our batting and bowling, and he is also a dynamic fielder. We look forward to welcoming James into the fold at the Fischer County Ground and I would like to thank Alec Stewart and Surrey County Cricket Club for allowing him to join us for the 2017 season.”

Surrey CCC Director of Cricket Alec Stewart added: “This is a great opportunity for James to play all forms of cricket on a regular basis, allowing his game to develop. I wish him the best of luck and will be keeping a close eye on his performances.”

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