"When we were bad we were very bad, and when we were were good we managed to be good enough."
So Australia apparently scored more runs, more centuries and took more wickets. But England won the series. Andrew Strauss was Captain Fantastic, leading from the front (most runs scored by a batsman of either nation, and highest score in a single innings) as well smiling through the day and inspiring his team.
That quotation at the top was part of his victory speech. Wonderful English self-deprecation.
Purists might point out neither team are quite what they were four years ago... purists can go take a running jump. Beating Australia is the new national passtime: simple pleasures! Let's enjoy them to the full (while they last).