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Nathan Lyon can finish his career with 400 Test Wickets, feels Ricky Pointing

He could play for another five to seven years quite easily.

Ricky Ponting & Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon and Ricky Ponting of Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

We are all set to witness another crackerjack of a fifth-day play, as both Australia and England, not letting the other dominate in all important second Test of Ashes 2017-18. However, with already one game in Australia’s bag, the visitors (England) will have to notch their game standards to level the series.

The star of the first Test match was undoubtedly Nathon Lyon, who once again played a crucial role to take Australia past the winning line. The off-spinner continued with his good run with the white Kookaburra ball as he scalped four wickets in the first innings of the Brisbane Test.

Seeing his recent performances, Nathon Lyon has been able to attract former Australian captain Ricky Pointing‘s eye, who went on to praise 30 years old while saying that he has the ability to finish his career with 400 Test wickets.

Ability To Finish Career with 400 Test Wickets

“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,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“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,” Ponting said.

Though Nathan didn’t have a great 2016 year, he was able to bounce back and produce some dazzling performances in this year. His confidence seems to be rising with every match he plays and has been able to release the ball superbly.

Sums Up The Conditions Well

“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,” Ponting said.

“He sums up the conditions really well too. 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,” Ponting concluded.

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