Joseph Anthony Burns (born 6 September 1989) is an Australian cricketer who plays for the Brisbane Heat in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, the Queensland in Australian domestic cricket and previously represented Australia at Test and ODI levels. He is a right-handed opening batsman but can play anywhere in the top order. His fielding position is predominantly short leg (bat pad).
Burns made an exceptional start in his Sheffield Shield debut against South Australia, scoring 140 in February 2011. The following season saw him develop into one of the highest scoring batsman in Australian first-class cricket. His performances resulted in a call up to the Australia A to face the touring party from England, where he scored 114 in a one-day game, not long after being named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year. Burns continued his good form on his return to Australia and was top scorer for the Brisbane Heat in their win over Perth Scorchers in the final of the 2012–13 Big Bash League season.
His performances brought him to the attention of Leicestershire who signed him as a replacement for their overseas player, Ramnaresh Sarwan, between May and August of the 2013 County season. This was curtailed in July, when a hip injury forced Burns to end his spell in England and return home to Queensland.