Australia captain Steve Smith should be striking fear into the England bowlers ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on November 23.
The 28-year-old is the No 1 Test batsman in the world, scoring 20 centuries in 94 innings since his recall in 2013.
However, former Aussie bowler Kerry O’Keefe believes Smith could be equally destructive against England with the ball in hand.
And the 67-year-old has called on the skipper to bowl more, claiming his wrist spin could unsettle Joe Root’s side.
“I think Steve Smith should bowl a lot more,” O’Keefe told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I think a few of these English batsmen have got a few problems with wrist spin.
“They’ll be factoring all their work into Nathan Lyon but I think Smithy should bowl more this summer.
“I know he’s a reluctant bowler but Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow – leg spinners get them out.
“I’d love to see a wrist spinner against this English side because I’ve looked at the way they’ve played wrist spin and I’m not convinced.”
And O’Keefe thinks Australia can also get the upper hand on England if they attack bowlers like Moeen Ali.
“I’m interested in the Australian tactics against Moeen Ali. I think they’ll be ultra-aggressive and risk getting out to put pressure back on Root,” he added.
“If they take him on and get on top of him they throw the pressure on Root to bring back one of their quicker men.
“That can drain the quicker men because Moeen Ali has been brought down.”