Cricket's decision review system and the continuing struggles of Australia's brittle batting order bore the brunt of frustrations Down Under on Monday after the tourists' heart-breaking 14-run defeat.
The DRS, roundly criticised throughout the seesawing clash over five days, ultimately decided the match in Nottingham on Sunday when the technology picked up a nick from wicketkeeper Brad Haddin that umpire Aleem Dar had failed to detect.
The caught-behind decision captured Australia's final wicket and justly handed England a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series, but the manner of victory left many purists cold.
It also left local media seething after England tail-ender Stuart Broad was allowed to remain at the crease when Dar missed a thick edge, a costly oversight that Australia were unable to appeal, having used up their DRS quota.
"What a tragedy that this brilliant first Test ended with the umpire decision review system making the final decision," prominent Australian cricket writer Malcolm Conn wrote in Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper.
"Dar gave (Broad's) most obvious of edges not out and Australia had used both its reviews so the decision stood.
"This is wrong. The DRS was originally introduced to get rid of the howler but in this match all matter of margin calls were judged by technology while the howler stayed.
"Until cricket finds a way of using technology to get rid of the howler then the game will continue to make a fool of itself."
Despite the controversies, which also saw England batsman Jonathon Trott out lbw after the operator of the "Hot Spot" technology failed to analyse the correct delivery, both captains backed the system and said it had not influenced the result.
England skipper Alastair Cook, who had two referrals in hand when Haddin was dismissed, said the use of the review was a skill in itself.
Opposing skipper Michael Clarke had failed to master it, cricket pundit Robert Craddock told cable broadcaster Fox Sports.
"We in Australia have acted more on impulse. Michael Clarke is a very emotional man... I think Australia needs far more calculation than what they have at the moment," Craddock said.
It was Dar's decision not to give Stuart Broad out when he clearly edged to slip in the second-innings which most enraged fans Down Under though and the Sydney Morning Herald felt it was typical that the English had got their own way.
"The definition of hell: waking up in the early hours of Monday morning, curled in the foetal position on the lounge and shivering from the cold, to giddy English cricketers prancing about and hugging each other like they've just won Powerball," it said.
"If this is how the next five weeks of Ashes cricket will be, with Australia bravely coming so close to victory in spite of itself, tough times are ahead.
"Of course it was going to come down to a DRS decision. Of course it was going to come off a half-hearted appeal from both English bowler and keeper. Of course it was going to be an inside edge about as thick as a Tally Ho paper. Of course there was going to be infinite doubt about whether it was out. Of course the decision would go against Australia.
"Technology has been introduced to a range of sports to avoid The Howler, but this match has illuminated the simple fact that it often unearths more problems and riddles than it solves.
"Then there is Aleem Dar. His performance in the past five days was so telling it would not surprise if Wills and Kate name their first born after him."
While Agar, Haddin and Peter Siddle all came out of the game with credit the same could not be said for Cowan who recorded a duck and 14 during his first Test at number three.
Under the headline "Ed Cowan left on edge as axe hovers", The Australian made it clear that the 31-year-old could easily be the fall-guy ahead of Thursday's second Test at Lord's.
"Now the anxious wait begins for Ed Cowan to see what price he will pay, if any, for the two windy cover drives that cost him his wicket at critical moments in both innings of the first Ashes Test," it said.
"For the first time in his brief 18-Test career, Cowan played not as an opener at Trent Bridge but in the No 3 position historically reserved for Australia's best batsman. Clearly that's not the case in the current circumstances, as Michael Clarke is indisputably the best batsman in the side.
"But it was the Australia captain who, on being given the starting XI by the selectors, allocated him that position."
The second Test starts on Thursday.