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Nathan Lyon created headlines on Monday after he became the top wicket-taker in 2017 Getty Images (File Photo)

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon created headlines on Monday after he became the top wicket-taker in 2017, with 55 wickets in nine matches. Although India’s Ravichandran Ashwin eclipsed him on Tuesday during the ongoing third Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, Lyon claimed four for 60 on Monday during the second Test (D/N) at the Adelaide Oval. Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting feels that the current form Lyon is in right now, he can go on to play for another five to seven years. Ponting also feels that in case so, Lyon could also end up claiming 400-plus Test wickets. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs England, Ashes 2017-18, 2nd Test at Adelaide (Day-Night)

On Lyon’s current form

“He could play for another five to seven years quite easily. He’s fit, he’s bowling brilliantly, it doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down anytime soon. [Lyon’s] is probably an underrated record. He’s someone who’s not spoken about anywhere near as much as he should be. Look at what he’s done through his career, it’s fantastic. If he plays for another four or five years, and he’s taken 50 wickets this year, times that by five or six and he could end up with 400 wickets-plus, there’s no doubt about it. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he does,” said Ponting, as reported by cricket.com.au.

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On Lyon’s confidence

“Nathan’s confidence has gone through the roof and it’s grown tenfold since the tour of Sri Lanka last year when he lost all confidence. To be able to bounce back from that and have the year that he’s had so far says a lot about him and the confidence the captain has in him. I’ve watched him for a long time, I’ve played with him for a few years, the way he’s releasing the ball now is just absolutely superb. He sums up the conditions really well too.”

On his Ashes performance so far

“We saw that in Brisbane with a bit more over-spin that he put on the ball in the first innings of the game, he tries to get as much bounce as he can and he does get a lot of bounce for an off-spinner. I talked to him and Steve Smith this morning and they thought they could get a few of the left-handers caught at slip and as it turned out they got Alastair Cook caught at slip with a really good delivery.”