The dust has settled and suddenly we find ourselves back where we were a couple of weeks ago, with England sitting pretty and Australia holed beneath the waterline and sinking.
England's cricket team has gone from being a national laughing stock to a source of pride over the past 10 years, with the transformation signalled by the memorable 2005 Ashes victory which sparked celebration around the country. Having reached the top of the test rankings, England have since slipped to second, but will hope successive test victories over Australia will be enough to see them rise back to the top.
England won the Ashes late into the evening in front of a full house at Chester-le-Street.
Warren Brennan, who adapted Hot Spot technology for cricket and runs the company supplying the system, late on Friday night broke his silence on the controversy over batsmen possibly using silicone tape to prevent edges being detected – and did anything but back down.
Two up and two to play is not so bad when you hold the Ashes.
In the end the moment of triumph arrived with the dampest of English fizzles.
"It's not a simple thing to just go out there and knock up a hundred," Andrew Strauss said on Wednesday in the little lecture theatre of the Lord's museum which was used for his pre-match press conference and yet another round of questioning about his long lean run.
Will controversial yet sensational cricket Kevin Pietersen walk away from England test cricket once the upcoming two series against Australia are over? Amit Acharya believes so.
Sometimes it takes only a few moments to transform a mongrel dog of an evening into a Cruft's Best in Show.
The competition kickstarts soon and Amit Acharya has taken a look at who could win in a tournament without favourites.
The shadow from the floodlight behind the Warner stand had already stretched out well beyond the pitch as Graeme Swann ran in to bowl the third ball of the final over of the fourth day.
South African batsmen didn't even bother bringing knives to a gunfight. England walked leisurely to the final of the ICC champions trophy 2013
As the Australians gather in the Oasis that is Manchester. HITC's Rana Malook reveals where the post match feasts can be had in the city.
There is an advertisement currently showing on television, I think to do with TV licences, that in the space of 30 seconds gives a potted timeline, a speeded-up rush of a marriage from meeting to divorce, rather like the old footage of London to Brighton by train in four minutes.
Ashton Agar wrote himself into Ashes folklore with a stunning 98 on debut to stun the cricketing world.