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.
Ian Bell believes Joe Root and Alastair Cook can form a potent England opening partnership for years to come.
The competition kickstarts soon and Amit Acharya has taken a look at who could win in a tournament without favourites.
Matt Prior insists umpires do a "fantastic job" under intense scrutiny despite criticism during the opening Ashes Test.
Meet the new boss: only slightly different from the old boss.
Andy Flower has dropped the strongest hint yet that Kevin Pietersen will not be offered a new central contract by England next month.
It took a while for Andrew Strauss to focus on the Test, not just because it is a "dead" game; in fact it feels more like a drowned one, so bad is the forecast for Thursday.
England find themselves 2-0 down in the Ashes with the potentially decisive third Test in Pert starting this evening.
The football season is as good as done, even if the June internationals stagger and linger long past last orders.
As Yorkshiremen go, it is reasonable to place Joe Root more in the Len Hutton category than the Darren Gough.
"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.