Sweet as a nut.
And didn’t it all seem rather easy in the end – despite our fears of rain or Australian resilience.
As soon as Hussey went – oh, the joy of seeing the back of his silly white nose – the proceedings soon resembled a particularly facile exercise in pea-shelling.
For now, let’s just enjoy the moment – and savour the gorgeous sensation of an innings victory over Australia. Wasn’t it marvellous to watch their batting disintegrate this morning, in the way England’s has so many times before.
It’s been 24 years since we last won a live Ashes test down under. Many of us can barely remember it.
We were brilliant at Adelaide. Australia, as Ricky Ponting might say, were pretty bloody ordinary.
But as weather-beaten England followers, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t provide a reality check.
It’s possible the Aussies will be so psychologically damaged by this defeat that they’ll never recover. Equally, so wounded is their pride, Ponting’s side may find a way to fight back. Between now and Perth, they have ten full days in which to dust themselves down and regroup.
England, meanwhile will face disruption on two fronts. First, Jimmy Anderson now leaves the squad to spend four days flying to and from Burnley to attend the birth of his second child.
Secondly, Stuart Broad must be replaced, which changes the whole balance of the team.
Poor, poor Broady. How much he must have looked forward to this series as one of the pinnacles of his career. In the end, he took two wickets and faced one ball. Not much to tell his grand-children about.
So – plenty of talking points. What changes will Australia make? How do England keep their feet on the ground? And should we pick Tremlett, Bresnan or Shahzad?