Home advantage important in Cumberland clash
The 21-year-old, along with Bucks team-mates George Russell and Usman Amjaid, helped High Wycombe lift the Home Counties Premier Cricket League title last season.
But more importantly, after four years there, Burden feels he knows the intricacies of the club’s London Road ground like the back of his hand.
He said: “It’s very difficult to bowl there, very flat and, speaking as a bowler, we will just have to accept it for what it is and be patient.
“The key to playing there will be trying to win the game over three days rather than focusing on bowling that magical ball.
“There’s three of us who all know how to win games there, so hopefully that will be a big advantage for Bucks.”
Last season, Cumberland were the team to beat, having stormed to the Unicorns Championship Eastern Division title, pushing a Bucks side having a great summer of their own into second place. This year, by contrast, both made a slow start to their Championship campaigns, with each bagging a draw and a defeat from their opening two games and still searching for their first win.
But Burden still believes Cumberland pose a threat, and is keen to see how his own side fare against the county who pipped them to glory last time round.
He said: “Cumberland beat us to the title last year and we didn’t get to play them last year due to the rotation in games, so it will be good to measure ourselves up against them.”
Meanwhile, Hampshire’s Gareth Andrew will make his debut in the game, which starts on Sunday, after Bucks signed up the 32-year-old for the rest of their campaign.
The former Worcestershire seamer has taken 232 wickets in 91 first-class matches but now primarily plays in one-day games, including two T20 clashes for Hants in the past week.
Bucks director of cricket Jason Harrison said: “Gareth will be a most useful acquisition for Bucks and will add experience to what is a young squad.”
Jonathan Burden in action for Bucks; (inset) Gareth Andrew will make his debut