Four other great England wins
Tuesday's Ashes win in Adelaide will resonate powerfully as a landmark England victory. Delivered by the crushing margin of an innings and 71 runs, it was the first to be achieved down under with the series still up for grabs since Mike Gatting's victorious tour in 1986-87.
The 2-1 series success from 24 years ago did not release the floodgates for a great run of form from England, in fact it was much the opposite. By the time new captain Nasser Hussain' side were beaten on home soil by New Zealand in 1999, they were ranked bottom of the pile in the Test rankings.
After that woeful summer, Duncan Fletcher was installed as a full-time coach and results have generally been much better since then, despite a post-2005 Ashes blip. The win in Adelaide, which moves England up to third in the latest edition of the ICC's Test Championship ladder, is potentially hugely important.
Since the dawn of the millennium there have been some splendid victories for England on foreign soil across the globe, and here follows a selection of some of the best.
Karachi, Dec 2000 - Eng 388 & 176-4 beat Pakistan 405 & 158 by six wickets
Summary: After two drab draws on flat, slow wickets, England pulled off a thrilling run chase as they battled the impending darkness to pull off their first Test triumph in 39 years in Pakistan, and end a five-series drought against those opponents.
How they did it: The match appeared to be heading to another stalemate until Pakistan collapsed to Darren Gough, Ashley Giles and Craig White either side of lunch on the final day.
England were left with a chase of 176, and crucially earned the sympathy of umpires Steve Bucknor and Mohammad Nazir while Pakistan captain Moin Khan employed some dubious delaying tactics.
Finally, with everyone struggling to see the ball, an inside edge from Graham Thorpe (64 not out) just missed the stumps and England scampered the winning runs. Somewhere in a riotous England dressing room, even the usually sombre-looking Fletcher was smiling.
Kingston, March 2004 - Eng 339 & 20-0 beat W Indies 311 & 47 by 10 wickets
Summary: Mercurial pace bowler Steve Harmison enjoyed his finest hour in an England shirt, recording an extraordinary 7-12, as West Indies capitulated on the fourth morning. The result set up a 3-0 whitewash for Michael Vaughan's team.
How they did it: A match which had been keenly contested for three days exploded into life when West Indies resumed on the fourth morning at 8-0 in their second innings, trailing by just 20 runs.
Using his natural height and pace to maximum effect, Harmison found a perfect length from the off, and the Windies batsmen nicked everything - and missed the straight ones.
With the frontline batsmen blown away in next to no time, Vaughan had eight slips and a short leg to the last few batsmen. With nobody able to launch any sort of fightback, the all-out total of 47 remains their lowest ever.
Jo'burg, Jan 2005 - England 411 & 332-9d beat South Africa 419 & 247 by 77 runs
Summary: This was the fourth of five Tests in an engrossing and competitive series won 2-1 by England. With only the last two sessions of the Test to bowl out South Africa, Matthew Hoggard (7-61) led the way with an irresistible burst of swing and seam.
How they did it: For four days, these two high-quality sides appeared to have batted each other to a standstill, but Marcus Trescothick resumed on 101 not out on the final day and a plan was afoot.
Trescothick played with brilliantly controlled aggression before falling for 180, adding big runs with the lower order, whereupon Michael Vaughan declared, with South Africa chasing an improbable 332 to win.
With much of the attack either injured or out of form, Hoggard, according to Matthew Engel in the Wisden Almanack, "carried the team on his shoulders like Atlas". He nabbed the last wicket just in time and later dressed up in a cowboy hat and a cigar for photographers eager to mark his "Magnificent Seven".
Mumbai, March 2006 - England 400 & 191 beat India 279 & 100 by 213 runs
Summary: Despite England's gradual resurgence through the last 11 years, India have remained a fiendishly difficult opponent to overcome whether at home or away, but Andrew Flintoff's often-criticised captaincy worked a treat in this rare triumph.
How they did it: An Andrew Strauss century and James Anderson's 4-40 ensured a healthy first innings lead and when play resumed on the final day, India were 18-1 chasing 313 to win.
Desperate to end the series with a 1-0 win, India never considered going for the runs, and were three wickets down at lunch. But with Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire played at full volume in the England dressing room at the interval, the tourists suddenly seized the match by the scruff of the neck, with the last seven wickets falling in just 15.2 overs.
Flintoff opened the door with the critical wicket of Rahul Dravid, before unheralded 37-year-old spinner Shaun Udal blew it off its hinges with four of the last five wickets. Udal was never picked again.
Have I chosen well? What do you think? Does the excitement of these four matches exceed the refreshing dominance of England in Adelaide? Is Adelaide in fact the best of the lot, or is there another famous win out there you remember?