Cook steers clear of controversy
Alastair Cook was determined to revel in the role of Ashes-winning captain rather than criticise the umpires for denying England another win.
Cook wakes up on Monday morning having skippered a 3-0 win, denying Australia a victory for the first time in 36 years of Ashes series.
It might even have been better - four wins on home turf for the first time ever - but Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena ordered the players off with 21 runs needed and four overs left to bowl in fading light.
Giles Clarke, the England and Wales Cricket Board chairman reacted to the situation by demanding the International Cricket Council change their policy on light and hand the decision back to the batting side, but Cook was pragmatic.
"Of course you understand the frustration, but you can also understand the other side...you understand the rules and regs," he said.
"Unfortunately the officials sometimes have to take emotion out of the game and do their job of being consitently fair to both sides.
"Of course it is disappointing to be sitting here when we felt we could have taken those runs off the last four overs but I understand the umpires' decision and why it happened.
"It's a shame for the amazing crowd we've had here but there are certain guidelines and that's the way cricket has gone."
The dramatic finale, and the disappointingly officious end to proceedings, threatened to overshadow the wonderful achievement of the home side but there was no such concern for Cook, who cut an unequivocally contented figure.
"It is what dreams are made of. It's an incredible feeling," said the 28-year-old.
"When you go back to the start of series, a lot of questions were being asked about this England team.
"Would we be able to handle the pressure of being favourites? Would we live up to that expectation?
"To deliver under that means we can have a good beer and enjoy some very special scenes in the dressing room. Our families and firends are there now and those moments are very special.
"Until you go through it as player or a captain you don't quite realise how intense it is to be honest.
"It has been an intense time but also a very proud time for me.
"We've had some real tough momnents as a side but the character we've shown throughout the series is fantastic.
"When runs have needed to be scored they've been scored; when wickets needed to be taken they were taken.
"That's the hallmark of a good side and it comes from a lot of experience and a lot of class."
Giles Clarke had earlier opted to take a different tack completely, reacting furiously to the premature end of the game in murky conditions.
He said: "It's totally unsatisfactory the way the game ended - the rules are clearly unacceptable and I expect [ICC chief executive] David Richardson to change it at the next ICC chief executives' meeting."