Andrew Flintoff admitted England had been outplayed by Australia in their Champions Trophy game in Jaipur.
Flintoff was among those to fail with the bat as England slumped
Flintoff's men were skittled for 169 before Australia eased to a six-wicket victory with almost 13 overs to spare.
"The Aussies bowled well, the wicket was hard to score on, and we probably didn't bat as well as we could have.
"We were probably 30 or 40 shy. We took three quick wickets but they got their heads down and played well. In the end they got home pretty easily," he said.
The result left England facing an early exit from the tournament with defeats in their first two games.
This is a competition in isolation and all the talk about the Ashes will start in two or three weeks' time
And it had a double significance, coming only a month before the eagerly anticipated Ashes Test series starts in Australia.
Flintoff insisted, however, that his team's priority was now their final group game against West Indies in Ahmedabad next weekend.
"I'm not looking too far into the future, with the Ashes. We've got a game next Saturday we want to perform in and go home with a victory," he added.
"This is a competition in isolation and all the talk about the Ashes will start in two or three weeks' time.
"We've got to learn from this game and take that forward going into next Saturday."