Just as he did with the Queensland Bulls, the talented right-hander made a huge impression in his debut season with the Heat in 2012-13.
From the moment he clubbed 44 off 27 balls in the opening game against the Hurricanes to up the ante on a pedestrian run rate, Burnsy became an integral part of the top order.
He finished the competition in a blaze of glory with three big innings, starting with 41 not out off 27 balls (three sixes) against the Hobart Hurricanes in the final qualifying round that helped the Heat jump from sixth to fourth place. In the process, he shared a stand of 107 for the second wicket with Luke Pomersbach.
He must have enjoyed that because Burnsy then put together 80 with Pomersbach (he made 33 off 28 balls) in the semi-final win over the Renegades, then clubbed 43 off 27 balls to top score in the final win over the Perth Scorchers.
During his innings in Hobart, he hit the longest six of the season (98m) at the Blundstone Arena, Bellerive ground and won $5000 for the charity of his choice, which he quickly donated to the Tasmanian bushfire appeal.
Burnsy finished with the most sixes (11) of any Heat player for the season.
A rising batting star with the Queensland Bulls, Burnsy was an injury replacement during the inaugural series for Ryan Broad but did not play a game.
However, he went on to finishing as the leading runs-scorer for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield, making 741 runs.
A stint at the Centre of Excellence during the first part of the 2012 winter was followed by selection for the Australia ‘A’ tour of England.
Burnsy's BBL|02 form earned him a return bout against the English Lions and he cashed in by making a century against them in the second of the five-match series in February 2013.
It came the week after he received the prestigious Bradman Award for Australia's best young cricketer aged under 23 at the Cricket Australia Awards night (Allan Border Medal).
A Wilston-Norths junior, he has progressed through the grades with Norths. Along the way, he played in the Queensland Under-19 team alongside Heat teammate Chris Lynn in 2007-08.
Burnsy made an immediate impact in first class cricket in 2010-11, producing the third highest score on debut by a Queenslander and the second-highest first class aggregate total on debut when he carved 140no and 41 against South Australia in the Shield at Adelaide Oval in February 2011.
He is the second member of his family to play first class cricket, with his great-uncle Harold Burns representing Queensland in five games in 1930-1and 1931-32.
Away from cricket, he is completing a business and finance degree at QUT.
“You can’t manufacture class and Joe has shown us he has something special when it comes to batting. We're keen to see him go in BBL|03!”