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Joe Burns ends Lancashire stint for personal reasons

Joe Burns has called time on his stint with English county side Lancashire and is heading home ‘for personal reasons’.

The 29-year-old signed as the club's overseas player as part of his build-up to the Ashes series against England, which starts on August 1.

He was due to be with them for most of the County Championship season, but made just one appearance for the club.

"Lancashire Cricket can confirm that overseas batsman Joe Burns has returned to Australia due to personal reasons, and will now not be available for the club's 2019 campaign," it said in a statement.

"Lancashire Cricket wishes Joe all the best, and it would be appreciated if his privacy is respected during this time."

The reason for his Burns’ early departure was not clear.

Jake Lehmann, son of former national Darren Lehmann, will now replace Burns in the squad.