Wellington Firebirds debut:
Leighton Burtt joins the Wellington Firebirds in 2011-12 for his second season and is raring to go after missing all of his first summer as a Wellington contracted player due to an Achilles injury.
Burtt joined Wellington from his home province Canterbury last season, after four consecutive years with the Wizards. Burtt has built up a good track record as a tall,strongly built wicket-taking opening bowler who generates good pace and swing and troubles top order batsmen.
Going into the 2011-12 season, Burtt had taken 76 wickets in 24 first-class matches with a best return of 6 for 108. He had also played 22 domestic One-Day matches and has taken 35 wickets with a best return of 5 for 26 and 12 HRV Cup Twenty matches, taking 12 wickets with a best of 2 for 16.
Secondary school attended:
Christchurch Boys’ High School
Earliest cricket memory:
Getting throwdowns from my mum and dad
Favourite ground to play cricket on:
The Hawkins Basin Reserve
Most memorable cricket moment:
Getting five wickets on debut in my One-Day at Eden Park
If I could bat/bowl in partnership with any cricketer from any era I would chose:
Viv Richards because he was so dominating and Wasim Akram because he was so skilful.
Favourite player growing up:
Chris Cairns, Wasim Akram, Jaques Kallis, Sir Richard Hadlee – I’ve always wanted to be an all-rounder
The non-cricketing sports person or team I most admire:
If I wasn’t a Firebirds cricketer I’d be:
A broadcaster or a publican
Batman, because he’s dark and does the right thing at the right time
Too many to mention
Favourite holiday destination:
If I was in a band I would play the:
I’d be the singer
In my spare time I like to:
Play golf and bowls, read and spend good times with good people
Most people don’t know that I:
Do a human debacle routine
My signature dish is:
A Sunday roast