Who would have thought during England's disastrous Ashes campaigns of years gone by that fans would be so underwhelmed by the manner of their side retaining the famous little urn?
England survived to hold on for a draw on the final day at Old Trafford courtesy of persistent rain, and in so doing retained the Ashes in 14 days of play - their best effort since five-day Tests came in after the second world war.
It was the first time that England have retained the Ashes with a draw, while Australia have done so on 11 occasions - six times in England and four times at Old Trafford.
But it is the manner in which England retained the Ashes that left so many supporters frustrated, to the extent that some were disappointed that Australia were denied a series-salvaging victory.
Yes, the way in which such a fine achievement was clinched clearly mattered a great deal to people, whether one agreed or not with the sentiment.
It's fair to say that England retaining the Ashes courtesy of a typical Manchester washout was pretty anticlimactic, but does it really matter?
When England sealed their famous Ashes triumph back in 2005 at The Oval the dramatic final Test was concluded by the ever-attention-seeking umpire Billy Bowden removing the bails to huge roars from an expectant, albeit frustrated and impatient, crowd.
The eccentric Kiwi grabbed all the attention and stole the scene away from the players with a typically exaggerated gesture, but no one really cared - indeed, many do not even remember how it all came about in the final hour.
But does anyone even mind that that is how the amazing triumph from Michael Vaughan's side was closed out? If it is all about the results then England should not have minded that the Ashes were retained with a draw.
The bigger point is more that many fans - both neutrals and ardent England supporters - wanted to see a contest this summer. A genuine contest.
With two Tests still remaining in the series - at Chester-le-Street in Durham and at The Oval - and lots of cricket still to be played, it has seemed like a tremendous shame to some that a battle that promised so much has so far produced so little.
Make no mistake about it, Australia dominated the third Test in Manchester from the outset. From winning the toss and electing to bat, captain Michael Clarke led from the front, scoring a magnificent 187 in the first innings.
England resorted to time-wasting tactics throughout day four and proceeded to rely on persistent rain to survive the final day, affording the hosts the crucial draw.
It is not the result that England wanted, but more to the point it was the result that effectively ended the series as a genuine contest.
Yes, England still have to attempt to win the Ashes outright over the course of the next two matches, but it certainly does take a great deal of the spice out of the upcoming Tests.
It such a shame to retain the Ashes like this, winning 2 out of 3 Tests
— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) August 5, 2013
— Dennis Croome (@DennisCroome) August 5, 2013
The England players, understandably, did not care one bit: celebrating on the balcony when play was abandoned and Graeme Swann tweeting his delight afterwards.
Many times I have cursed the rain in Manchester, but today I would take it home to meet my grandma and marry it. pic.twitter.com/phy0yQfSor
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) August 5, 2013
One of the great sporting rivalries has produced a series result after just three matches into the five scheduled, and that can only be seen as a shame, no matter how desperate one is to see England succeed.
There are, of course, those England supporters who are always keen to see the hosts grind Australia into the dust and who were predicting a 5-0 whitewash in this series, but that long since disappeared as a prospect.
Australia had every chance of keeping the series very much alive on Monday, but the weather frustratingly ensured that England retained the Ashes just 14 days into the series in rather subdued fashion, clapping from the balcony when the match was abandoned.
It was, of course, a wonderful, laudable achievement from Alastair Cook's side, but it was perhaps a sad way for the series to be effectively decided as a contest with the rain denying Australia any chance of further challenging the hosts in their bid to retain the precious urn.
Did you think the draw was a disappointing way for England to retain the Ashes, or did you not care? Should England fans just be delighted about such an achievement? Did you want Australia to keep the series alive?