Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is extra cautious heading into the Test series against Australia this month, knowing that the loss to South Africa will have enraged the Aussies and make them fight even harder.
The first Test starts next Friday in Hobart, and Jayawardene feels that the 309-run loss the Proteas inflicted in Perth will still be fresh in Michael Clarke's mind, likening the Aussies to battle-injured soldiers.
Mahela said of the Aussies: "I see them as wounded soldiers - they could come back stronger against us. We have to do a lot of work. We're here to compete. (But) Australia will come hard at us, especially after the Test because of what happened to them.
"We need to brace for that and make sure we handle those tough situations. It's about winning those few contests in a big, big game. So you try and win as many contests as you possibly can."
His own side will also be eager to show fighting spirit, after they suffered a surprising loss to New Zealand in the second Test in Colombo, thus drawing the series 1-1. It was a comprehensive defeat too, and rather unexpected considering the Black Caps' poor form this year.
Jayawardene also addressed his position as captain, hinting that T20 skipper Angelo Mathews could be in line to replace him as Test leader after the Australia series.
The veteran said: "After this, we get a well-deserved four weeks off, after about three years, so it gives me a bit of time to think (about) what I need to do.
"We need to groom another leader as well. It's very important to have that changeover is done smoothly while the senior players are still in the side.
"That's something that I will speak with the selectors (about) and see what's best for them and then make a call."