Cape Town - Kevin Pietersen, who is in Durban on Dolphins duty, has praised the Proteas for their efforts in Australia.
Pietersen will play one domestic T20 Challenge clash against the Titans in Bloemfontein on Sunday before jetting back to Australia to commentate on the third Test against South Africa in Adelaide.
Pietersen was full of compliments for the Proteas while addressing the media in Durban on Friday.
"The South Africans and their bowling the other morning in Hobart was just incredible," Pietersen said of the Proteas' bowling display in the second innings.
"(Kyle) Abbott and (Vernon) Philander never left a certain spot and then (Kagiso) Rabada came and cleaned up and bowled some aggressive, short stuff.
"I thought Kesh (Maharaj) has also started really well. His control has been phenomenal. For a debutant to start the way that he did in Perth has been fantastic."
On the Aussies, Pietersen said they would be hurting.
"There has been a lot of criticism. Aussies don't like losing," he said.
"I don't think any team likes losing in the manner in which they have lost. It's the batting collapses that are causing the biggest worries.
"South Africa have been a lot calmer while Australia have been more panicked."
The third Test, a day/night affair, gets underway on Thursday, November 24.
South Africa lead the three-Test series 2-0.