Well, that was that!
Like England's batting in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, it is all over pretty quickly.
The players are signing autographs for the fans who braved a coolish day in Sydney.
Thank you for joining us for today's celebration.
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A brief reminder that the real urn has not returned.
Awesome turn out here today at the Opera House @CricketAus mclarke23 Captain & team arriving soon! #ashes http://t.co/haFn9JVS5u — Kyly Clarke (@KylyClarke) January 6, 2014
Full house at the Opera House, crowds packed in for the @CricketAus team #Ashes party @SkyNewsAust pic.twitter.com/otPapVFrBM — Cameron Price (@campricenews) January 7, 2014
The skipper is on deck.
Michael Clarke: "Hard work does pay off, we’ve had so much support from all the fans and we really feel that as players, thanks for sticking by us through the tough times. We still have a few hours of celebrating to do, the ODI series is important to us with the momentum we have, things turned around when we were in England, our work ethic and preparation was good in England, all the players should be proud and the public should be proud as well.
Bugger, test matches have finished. What have we got now? Pajama cricket & Hit n Giggle. Bring back test matches now! #ashes #cricketaus — Tony The Terrible (@TheTonester2) January 6, 2014
Mitchell Johnson: "Absolutely amazing, didn’t expect anyting like this, we’re really proud, good bunch of guys here, really enjoyed ourselves, thanks for all the support, remember playing in front of world record crowd at boxing day it was thrilling, the Barmy Army have given me a hard time over the years, nice to put up 5 fingers and say 5-0, it’s an amazing achievement, was really excited about being a part of this bowling unit, seeing all the smiling faces is really cool, I’ll shave the mo off but i’ll grow it back for South Africa and in the future.
Darren Lehmann: "Players deserve all the credit, we took it from strength to strength after the Gabba, spoke about playing cricket the Aussie way, the boys need a bit of training after the last couple of days, we want to get better as a team on and off the field, bit of improvement to do, get better each and every day and win games for our country, thank you to everyone for coming out here today."
Huge crowds for the #Ashes celebrations at the @SydOperaHouse #cricketaus @CricketAus pic.twitter.com/d7Xa2SBJNw — Johanna Hatcher (@johannahatcher) January 7, 2014
Mitchell Johnson has made the committment to shave off the "Mulga Bill's Bicycle" moustache.
But in a shocking development says he will grow it back for the tour of South Africa.
That starts in four weeks. Why bother?
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is addressing the crowd paying special tribute to Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin.
Our man Andrew Wu reports that a man who was heckling Mr Abbott has been led away by security.
He is believed to have called the PM a drongo.
Mr Abbott retorted that he must be from the Barmy Army.
I will let you decide who won that verbal tete-a-tete.
Of course this part of Sydney was the venue for the infamous squad announcement for the 2010/11 series when selectors named a 17-man squad for the First Test at the Gabba.
Pictured below was then chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch, vice-captain Michael Clarke and Nathan Hauritz who ended up playing no part in the series when Xavier Doherty and Michael Beer were picked ahead of him.
Andrew Hilditch, Michael Clarke and Nathan Hauritz wait to go on stage during a Cricket Australia press conference to announce the Australian 2010/11 Ashes squad. Photo: Getty Images
Here come the Australian players onto to the stage.
George Bailey is first up on stage. Safe to assume it is being done in alphabetical order not in order of contribution to victory.
There are many similarities between this series and England's triumph in 2005.
Both teams were massive underdogs.
Australia used only 11 players, England just 12 having replaced an injured Simon Jones with Paul Collingwood for the final Test at the Oval.
Both teams had pace attacks that hunted in packs aided by an underrated spinner. Australia: Johnson, Harris, Siddle, Watson and Lyon. England: Hoggard, Jones, Harmison, Flintoff and Giles.
Spotted: England's Kevin Pietersen was seen walking along Circular Quay towards the forecourt about half-an-hour ago before performing an abrupt U-turn.
He must have realised what was on.
Our man on the ground Andrew Wu reports that there is a crowd of between 500 and 1000 assembled on the Sydney Opera House forecourt. Green-and-gold wigs is the headwear of choice.
Barmy Army count is 0.
The England cricket team celebrate in Trafalgar Square after taking part in an open-top bus victory parade through central London to celebrate regaining the Ashes in 2005. Photo: AP
The most recent whitewash was in the 2006/07 series against Andrew Flintoff’s team.
That series signalled the end of the illustrious careers of Australian players Justin Langer, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.
It also ended the not-so-illustrious Test careers of players such as Sajid Mahmood, Chris Read and Papua New Guinea’s (that’s in England) only Test player Geraint Jones.
This is of course only the third time this has happened in the 136-year history of Test cricket. Warwick Armstrong’s team achieved it in the era of timeless Tests in 1920/21 against a depleted post-war England team skippered by JWHT (Johnny Won’t Hit Today) Douglas.
Douglas of course won an Olympic gold medal in boxing at the 1908 London Olympics. He defeated the legendary Australian sporting allrounder Reg ‘Snowy’ Baker in the final of the middleweight division. Baker's camp complained that Douglas’ dad was sole referee and judge.