Yorkshire duo Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow were left in awe at the conclusion of their first home Ashes series, which ended in a 3-0 England victory.
Neither were selected for the fifth and final Test at the Kia Oval - Bresnan being unavailable due to a stress fracture in his back - but the pair were invited down to be involved in the post-match celebrations.
Bresnan was a part of the last Ashes series, when England retained the urn in Australia, but the seamer said the atmosphere in London far surpassed the one in Melbourne following the fourth Test in 2010.
“The atmosphere is just amazing,” he told ecb.co.uk. “You can times Melbourne by, I don’t know, 15.
“It was just a little corner in Melbourne of the Barmy Army - which was superb - but now this is just fantastic. It’s immense.”
Bresnan played in three of the series’ games, replacing Steven Finn for the second Test at Lord’s before being ruled out ahead of the Kia Oval finale.
The 28-year-old took 10 wickets at 29.6 and added 103 with the bat as he contributed to two victories and a draw. Now his attention turns to recovering from a back problem to be available for the return series Down Under.
“All signs so far suggest I should be fine for the winter, so a lot of hard work to do but I’m sure I’ll get there,” he said. “That’s what I’m aiming for.”
Bairstow, 23, was involved in his first Ashes series and scored 203 runs in four Test appearances.
“In some ways it was (more intense than I thought),” he reflected. “You do your preparation but you’re never going to replicate it unless you go through it.
“I’m sure these memories are something you can: a) cherish for the rest of your life and b) recall upon when needed.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to be a part of it. It’s been unbelievable from the first ball of the first game at Trent Bridge.
“To go through all the emotions there and then finishing, unfortunately with a little bit of an anti-climax, here at the Oval; the boys are absolutely chuffed to bits.”