Cricket World Cup 2015: Steven Finn takes hat-trick for England

Steven Finn celebrates
Steven Finn has played 52 one-day internationals for England

Steven Finn became the first England bowler to take a World Cup hat-trick with wickets off the final three balls of Australia's innings in a 111-run defeat in Melbourne.

Finn, 25, removed Brad Haddin, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson to deny Australia a record total of 344 as they closed on 342-9.

He finished with figures of 5-71, the second most expensive five-wicket haul in one-day international history.

England then subsided to 231 all out.

Finn's hat-trick, in England's tournament opener against co-hosts Australia, was the first by an Englishman and eighth in World Cup history.

All of the paceman's wickets were taken with skied catches.

"A fortuitous and unheralded hat-trick," said ex-England spinner Graeme Swann. "He seemed embarrassed by it."

World Cup hat-tricks
PlayerMatchYear
Chetan SharmaIndia v New Zealand1987
Saqlain MushtaqPakistan v Zimbabwe1999
Chaminder Vaas Sri Lanka v Bangladesh2003
Brett LeeAustralia v Kenya2003
Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka v South Africa2007
Kemar Roach West Indies v Netherlands2011
Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka v Kenya2011
Steven Finn England v Australia2015

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