The first Test in Perth will see Australia determined to bounce back from their one-day international woes, according to South Africa's Dean Elgar.
Earlier this month the Proteas became the first team to whitewash Australia in a five-match ODI series.
That humiliation will still be fresh in the minds of Darren Lehmann and his players, who are now back home and preparing to host South Africa in a three-Test contest, which gets underway at the WACA on November 3.
"I think they're hungry to prove a lot of people wrong," Elgar told reporters ahead of a warm-up game in South Australia.
"That's what makes them quite dangerous."
The third match of the series in Adelaide will be the tourists' first involvement in a day/night Test, Australia having beaten New Zealand by three wickets last year as the innovative pink ball made its debut in the longest format.
Asked if the hosts have an advantage over South Africa thanks to that early exposure, Elgar added: "I do think so yes. In Australian state cricket they've had quite a lot of experience playing with the pink ball.
"They've played one Test match more than us with the pink ball and they've got home-ground advantage.
"I've played with the pink ball against the Australian A side a few months ago ... it maybe swings a little bit more. That's maybe the only difference.
"A lot of it's played upstairs. Obviously the ball's a different colour. And where you are playing is what you're not used to. That's what makes [an] away series so exciting for us."