England begin a Test era without Andrew Flintoff with triumphant Ashes captain Andrew Strauss targeting becoming world number ones.
The challenge ahead, following the 197-run win at the Oval, is a trip to South Africa, the world's new number one side after Australia's fall from grace to fourth.
And Strauss is hoping his side can eventually take the top spot from the Proteas, although he admitted it will be a big ask, saying: "We are not the number one side in the world, and we are far from it at the moment, we are honest enough to know that."
He added: "To become the number one side in the world you have to be winning consistently home and away.
"Our next challenge is a massive one, away in South Africa, probably as hard a tour as you can go on.
"But we can take confidence from this and the long-term goal is to be the number one side in the world. But it is going to take a lot of graft to get there."
Strauss is one of the survivors of the historic success over Australia four years ago and went one better this time as both winning captain and man of the series.
They have also unearthed the potential of a Flintoff replacement in Stuart Broad, who claimed the man-of-the-match gong for five wickets in the first innings.
"We've moved forward from 2005 - very different personalities and a different management team," he said.
"Any time you win an Ashes series, it's an unbelievably special moment. We've got a young side and can get a lot better than we are at the moment."