World champions return home
This morning, the victorious England women's team will land at Heathrow airport with the gleaming World Cup Trophy.
Most had a very late night after the win over New Zealand on Sunday, but all managed to roll out of bed - albeit slowly - and into their smart 'number ones' (official team suits) for a photo call at 9.00am the next morning.
I'm not sure everyone felt 100 per cent as they hopped onto a small motor boat to take them across Sydney Harbour for a final photo-shoot near the the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but no one really cared.
After that it was check out time and the hotel lobby was buzzing with hugs and goodbyes.
The trophy itself was tucked up inside a large silver box and a debate took place as to whether it should go in the hold, or whether they'd be able to take it on board with them.
In the end it was decided the box was too big and heavy to take into the cabin, but it didn't have a padlock and the trophy is rather pricey. Gemma Broad eventually came to the rescue with one of those mini suitcase padlocks.
Jenny Gunn and Isa Guha found out at the last moment that they would be flying back on their own, which was a bit of an oversight. They'd both come out separately from the rest of the squad in order to play cricket in Australia prior to the tournament, and apparently the ICC booked their return flight on the same airline, which was different to that of the rest of the England team.
Despite being World Cup winners, the players were all flying back economy class - you can't imagine the men's team doing that, can you? They fly business as standard.
The ECB did try to upgrade the squad, but there were only seven seats available in business and the decision was taken to keep everyone together.
Until there's more money in the women's game and sponsorship of these talented individuals, they'll be flying economy for some time to come. They'll also continue to share rooms on tour as they have been doing this last fortnight.
It is too soon to be calling for them to become full professionals though, as it would create a big gulf between England and the other nations, which wouldn't help the overall health of the international game.
The players though, are feeling under increasing pressure as they train and play, while continuing to try to hold down regular jobs. The particular problem with cricket is that tours are long. You're never just talking about a week or so at a time. It's more like a month, sometimes more.
Chance to Shine coaching contracts have been an immense help to a number of players and at least one more is expected to become available this summer. In the meantime, the ECB needs to use the profile gained by this victory to convince the commercial sector that these players are viable commercial assets, sporting ambassadors and marketable personalities.
They need the public - and girls in particular - to start recognising the faces of Charlotte Edwards (photo above), Isa Guha and Katherine Brunt and the others. And it needs to be done before the nation forgets the events of Sunday morning in Sydney.