Australia coach Mickey Arthur believes it could take years for Kevin Pietersen to regain the trust of his England teammates following his summer of unrest.
Arthur, whose Australian side are next to take on South Africa, now the world's No. 1 Test team, also praised the England management for the "best possible way" with which they had dealt with the saga.
Pietersen has been cast out of the International set-up after admitting, and apologising for, sending texts about his colleagues to South Africa players during the recently-completed Test series.
The controversy has left the 32-year-old's England future in jeopardy, with upcoming clear-the-air talks with skipper Andrew Strauss ' reportedly one of the players Pietersen sent derogatory texts about ' the first step towards any resolution.
Arthur, the South African who joined Australia last year, reckons the England hierarchy have handled the situation well but expects it will take some time for the wounds of the saga to heal, if they do at all.
"It takes time to mend," Arthur said. "They say trust and reputation takes a year to two years to really build, and you can lose it in two minutes. I think that's where they've got to with KP now.
"England have dealt with it in the best possible way. The way they've handled it has been clinical. It's been ruthless. It's been very good.
"There's no one guy that's bigger than the team and England must've thought that KP had got to that point.