The series may not have ended in the fourth England victory that the crowd at The Oval craved, but Alastair Cook's side will ultimately not mind that one bit.
England retained the Ashes after the third Test at Old Trafford and won them outright - for the third series in succession - one match later at Chester-le-Street.
Andy Flower's men were criticised for being "defensive", for "going into their shells", for being "smug", "arrogant" and "dismissive" - but, after an aggressive Australian declaration, they almost played their way into folklore with a brilliant run chase.
Alas, the crowning glory of triumph in the fifth Test was denied them (possibly) by bad light - but the hosts will be fêted for almost pulling it off and, Cow hopes, for having achieved their primary objective of winning the coveted urn once more.
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It was a fairly miserable series for Cook with the bat as he produced a highest score of just 62 from five matches. His captaincy has been widely criticised for being too defensive and negative, but he has just led England to a comprehensive series victory. Can you really mark him down too much for that?
277 runs at 27.70
A stunning 180 at Lord's masks the fact that Root struggled for much of the series in opening the batting alongside Cook. His average is perfectly respectable and 339 runs from the series is not to be sniffed at, but his technical flaws in playing on the front foot against the new ball were exposed at times.
339 runs at 37.66
It was a series to forget with the bat for the gritty number three as he compiled just 293 runs from 10 innings. His average of under 30 was well below what he usually produces, and England's top order suffered greatly as a result of his struggles at first drop. Must do better.
293 runs at 29.30
As is so often the case with the Marmite-like Pietersen, he was slammed in various quarters for not performing in every single innings. His 113 ensured that the series was not a particularly poor one, but he failed to consistently deliver from number four. He was, though, England's second-highest run-scorer in the series and almost grabbed a thrilling victory for his side in the final Test at The Oval with a typically aggressive, inspired innings.
388 runs at 38.80
It has been a monumental few months for the Warwickshire batsman as he plundered 562 runs at a stunning average of 62.44. His three centuries ensure his place in Ashes history and he was the stand-out player from both sides, playing majestically when others floundered on a range of different wickets and in various conditions. Take a bow, Ian Bell.
562 runs at 62.44
It was a hugely frustrating series for Bairstow, who was dropped for the final Test at The Oval. The Yorkshireman repeatedly got starts, but only managed one half-century with a highest score of 67. With James Taylor lurking on the fringes of the side and Chris Woakes as his replacement, he will have to fight to get back into the side.
203 runs at 29.00
Prior came into the series billed as the best wicketkeeper-batsman in the world, and he may well remain that man, but it was a poor run of games for the aggressive lower-order batsman. An average of 19 tells its own story, and just 133 runs from five Tests is pretty unacceptable for a player of his experience and calibre.
133 runs at 19.00
Having missed the opening Test at Trent Bridge, Bresnan came in and provided England with an assured presence in the lower order and their new overused nightwatchman. He managed a highest score of 45 with the bat and took 10 important wickets to make a valuable contribution before an injury saw him replaced for the final Test. He is likely to regain his spot in the side for the return series Down Under.
10 wickets at 29.60 / 103 runs at 25.75
Stuart Broad (8/10)
It was a typically enigmatic showing from the England paceman, who produced one of the performances of the series in bowling Australia out almost single-handedly in Durham, but also endured some hugely frustrating lean periods with the ball. He will, as was said in Cow Corner recently, always be the most frustrating British sportsperson around due to his immense talent but continued inconsistency.
22 wickets at 27.45 / 179 runs at 25.57
The highest wicket-taker in the series, Swann again showed how valuable he is to Cook's side as he repeatedly delivered when the hosts required a performance from their talismanic spinner. Swann can boast of the best average in the series from England's frontline bowlers, and he turned in superb displays even when conditions did not suit him.
26 wickets at 29.03 / 126 runs at 25.20
Anderson perhaps peaked in the first Test match of the series, but such was his contribution at Trent Bridge that he was already being talked about as a potential man-of-the-series after just the one game. His 22 wickets in the series were immensely valuable for England and, as usual, he led the bowling attack with class and consistency. As ever, the Lancastrian was a key figure for Cook.
22 wickets at 29.59
Steven Finn (5/10)
Finn was dropped after just one game in the series having endured a torrid time at Trent Bridge. The lanky paceman had a nightmare with the ball as his two wickets came at the cost of 117 runs, and his embarrassing showing in the field in the second innings of the crucial opening Test also contributed to his omission from the second match at Lord's. He is still encountering real problems with his run-up, so may have to work very hard to get back into the side.
2 wickets at 58.50
It's always very difficult to judge a Test player after just one match, but Woakes did not do nearly enough with either bat or ball to demand his selection for the tour Down Under. The Warwickshire all-rounder did at least manage to take his first Test wicket at The Oval, but it came at the price of 96 runs as he toiled before a fine start with the bat was squandered as he got out for 25 having played a few impressive shots.
1 wicket at 96.00 / 42 runs at 42
Oh dear! Poor Kerrigan had a shocking debut for England as he was thrown the ball with Shane Watson on the attack and in full flow in conditions conducive for aggressive batting. The left-arm spinner struggled throughout with terrible nerves, pitching the ball horrendously short or serving up full-tosses in hapless fashion. It was a debut to forget, but his potential is undoubted and he will hopefully return stronger for the experience.
0 wickets at N/A
Shane Watson - 7 - 418 runs at 41.80 / 2 wickets at 89.50
Chris Rogers - 7 - 367 runs at 40.77
David Warner - 5 - 138 runs at 23.00
Phil Hughes - 5 - 83 runs at 27.66
Michael Clarke - 8 - 381 runs at 47.62
Steve Smith - 7 - 345 runs at 38.33 / 4 wickets at 26.50
Usman Khawaja - 4 - 114 runs at 19.00
Ed Cowan - 4 - 14 runs at 7.00
Brad Haddin - 7 - 206 runs at 22.88 / 29 dismissals (a series record)
Peter Siddle - 7 - 17 wickets at 31.58
Ryan Harris - 8 - 24 wickets at 19.58
Mitchell Starc - 6 - 11 wickets at 32.45
James Pattinson - 6 - 7 wickets at 43.85 / 72 runs at 36.00
Ashton Agar - 5 - 2 wickets at 124.00 / 130 runs at 32.50
James Faulkner - 7 - 6 wickets at 16.33
Nathan Lyon - 6 - 9 wickets at 33.66
Jackson Bird - 5 - 2 wickets at 62.50