What a year it has been for English cricket.
Andy Flower's men now find themselves top of the ICC world rankings in two different formats having won the Ashes, thrashed India at home and created history in the process.
England now have an unprecedented two months off in which they can bask in their achievements and rest their weary limbs from the proverbial treadmill of international cricket.
But equally, they will be bracing themselves. What ensues is a virtually unbroken and gruelling sequence of 30 months of international cricketing toil.
Next year, starting in the United Arab Emirates of all places, going on to Sri Lanka, coming home to England and thence departing for India, England will play 15 Test matches.
They will also up the ante considerably on international Twenty20 matches because they have a title to defend, also in Sri Lanka, in September.
The year after that, England are playing in two Ashes series, home and away, as well as fulfilling various other limited overs obligations (or Giles Clarke impulses, as they are otherwise known) between times.
The World Test championship, scheduled to be played in England in 2013, might have bitten the dust but it will only be replaced by the Champions Trophy.
If England remain at the top of the Test pile after such an arduous and testing schedule then Flower's side will be fully justified in coining phrases such as an 'era of dominance' and 'a truly great team'.
But what of England's strengths and weaknesses?
From one to seven, every base in the batting line up appears to be covered. An impressive depth in quality of seam and pace bowlers, a very fine wicket-keeper and the world's best spinner. It's a pretty imperious state of affairs.
But it would be negligent not to acknowledge that fallibilities do exist. England undoubtedly lack a second spinner of real class and reliability.
Monty Panesar has once again been heralded by some after his 69 Championship wickets at 27.25 for Sussex - comfortably more than any other spinner - but there is enough scepticism about expecting a real renaissance from the slow left-armer.
The tour of the UAE will likely test England's stubborn, tried and tested, balance of six batsmen, four bowlers and a wicket-keeper. There's no doubt that a second spinner of real guile and consistency is required for a truly flexible approach.
A lack of clarity in terms of overall leadership also represents a potential problem with England having rattled through an extraordinary five captains over the course of the year.
While the presence of the thoughtful, trusting and studious Flower alongside each provides needed assurance, it surely cannot be desirable to have Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Eoin Morgan all claiming some stake in the leadership mixing pot.
Like most sports, there are very short memories in cricket. The 5-0 thrashing in the return ODI series in India gave England a serious shake and prevented the players from spending two months basking in excessive glory, but it should not diminish their previous exploits.
It must be said that England are languishing rather inauspiciously down in fifth place in the ODI rankings, and if that situation is not redressed this time next year then it will represent a long-standing blemish.
Indeed, while Flower will be desperate to consolidate his side's place at the top of the world rankings, any such ambitions will be tempered with a steely desire to improve in the 50-over format.
The key factor which may undermine any intention to improve the national side's prospects in ODIs is the frankly farcical situation of there being no 50-over competition in the English domestic game.
While 40-over pyjama cricket may fit snugly into the calendar and represent a more viable product for the county chief executives to flog, it will not produce top-class players who are ready and prepared to thrive on the 50-over international stage.
But any negatives are far outweighed by the positives. Even Steven Finn - a man who bowled consistently accurately and upwards of 90mph on the Subcontinent - has work to do if he is to establish himself in what is a potent pace attack in the longest format.
England have enjoyed an incredibly successful year, but there is ample room for improvement.
Is it even remotely realistic to believe that 2012 could be even better?