The morning after at The Oval
It was very strange walking through the gates of The Oval at 7am this morning to do "morning after" reports for BBC local radio stations. "Morning after" was very much the feeling at the ground.
A sole security guard smiled a greeting at the barrier in the early sunshine, rubbish bags were piled high in the concourse waiting to be loaded into lorries, and the only activity came from two pigeons who pecked at a crumb on the floor.
Once I made my way up into the commentary box and looked out of the window, it was as if a wave of calm had settled over the ground. It was a quiet, serene view, not a person to be seen, not a movement to be detected, save for the pictures in my mind, replaying the moment the last Australian wicket fell, when the crowd erupted in mass jubilation and the urn was finally secured.
The only evidence of what had happened some 12 hours earlier was the mass of red and blue ticker tape strewn over the outfield. A short while later, a small band of cleaners turned up to start clearing it away - you had to feel sorry for the chap tackling an entire outfield with only a yard broom.
Once reporting duties were over (and a bacon sandwich devoured), the Oval started to creak slowly into life. Groundstaff were arriving, the dressing-room attendant pottered about. Beefy, Warnie and fellow Sky commentators had dragged themselves in and were filming in the stands.
I was lucky enough to get a peek inside the dressing-rooms, which, in England's case was still full of all their kit (most of the remnants of the celebration had been cleared away). Ian Bell's area looked very tidy, with his bats all lined up. Andrew Flintoff's less so (!) complete with a framed photo of his five-for at Lord's given to him by the MCC.
The away dressing-room is a lot smaller and less plush, but a famous feature is the white wall, which the dressing-room attendant has asked notable stars of the game to sign over the years. It was quite fun spotting the different signatures. A slot was there ready for Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss to sign when he returned this morning.
The dressing-room party wasn't of 2005 proportions - and rightly so for so many reasons. Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower see this victory as the start of something, rather than the pinnacle. Quiet but purposeful celebrations reflected that.
Both teams stayed in the dressing-rooms until after 10.30pm and the Australians shared a drink with their opponents - good to hear. The families had joined them earlier as well, and then, for some of the players it was onto a rooftop bar near London Bridge, where, again, it was more reflective socialising, rather than wild partying.
Just as I was leaving the dressing-rooms this morning, some of the England staff started arriving to collect their gear. I had a quick chat with Stuart Broad's sister Gemma, who became the team analyst this summer and who used to perform the same role with the England women.
Given the glimpse of the future we've seen though, Stuart will undoubtedly come out on top, given time.