Australia achieved their fifth World Cup triumph in a rather one-sided contest at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against New Zealand in 2015. Managing to storm to the monumental victory by seven wickets, Australia’s glorious win was set up by the bowling heroics of James Faulkner.
The left-arm pacer last featured in an international match in 2017 but his three quick strikes in the 2015 World Cup final remains the highest point of his career. Just when the Kiwis looked on-track for a challenging score, Faulkner got the prized scalps of Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott and Corey Anderson.
Reflecting on his stellar performance from five years ago, Faulkner said: "The crowd was up and about and the adrenaline was pumping. I thought, 'Stuff it, I'm going to have a crack here'. "It went away from what our plan was, but I dunno, those things can happen. It was going to be for just one ball, and it worked out, thank God!”