Michael Vaughan found consolation in his own form and fitness after England's 77-run defeat by Australia in the Twenty20 international in Sydney.
Vaughan made 27 from 21 balls after 13 months out though injury
In his first international in 13 months after knee surgery, the England skipper looked in good touch in his 27.
"It was a decent moment for me to go out and play but obviously to lose isn't a great feeling," said Vaughan.
"It is always a tough occasion when you play Australia and they made it very difficult for us."
Vaughan, who was with the England Academy throughout England's disastrous Ashes campaign, added: "Any game against Australia they're going to put you under pressure so it was a good test for me.
It's going to be a real test of character over the next few weeks
"It's nice to get in the middle and play. You can have millions of nets but until you actually get in front of 40,000 people you never know how you're going to react."
Australia amassed 221-5 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, a record for Twenty20 internationals, while England's batting misfired once again.
But Vaughan said England could still make a mark in the forthcoming one-day series, against the hosts and New Zealand.
They meet Australia again in Melbourne on Friday, over 50 overs.
"Sometimes you have to hold your hand up and say their batting was very impressive, very destructive and very powerful," he added.
"You've got to respect the fact that Australia are a very powerful one-day team.
"We've struggled to gain any consistency over the past year and it's going to be a real test of character over the next few weeks.
"We have to learn from the mistakes we've made and develop a strategy in this series and see how far that takes us."
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