McKay trapped Kevin Pietersen for 5, then enticed edges to the slip cordon from Jonathan Trott and Joe Root to reduce England to 8-3 at Sophia Gardens on Saturday. As it turned out later, his hat-trick was not enough for Australia as England chased down the 228-run target with three wickets in hand, thanks to an unbeaten 65 by Jos Buttler.
He became only the fifth Australian to take three wickets in successive balls in ODIs, and the 34th player in the history of the format.
For the statistically minded, the previous four Australians to take an ODI hat-trick were B Beid (1986), Anthony Stuart (1997), Brett Lee (2003) and Daniel Christian (2012).
McKay's rise as an ODI bowler is also highlighted by another stat - he is now the sixth successful bowler after playing 49 games in ODI cricket.
Former New Zealand speedster Shane Bond leads the tally with 93 wickets in his first 49 ODIs. Saqlain Mushtaq (91 wickets), Brett Lee (91), Waqar Younis (89), Nathan Bracken (88) and McKay (87 wickets) follow.
(stats courtesy Mohandas Menon)