James Anderson believes England will be even better when they play the return Ashes series in Australia this winter after securing a 3-0 victory by drawing the final Test at the Oval in controversial circumstances.
England were denied the chance to make Ashes history - by recording a 4-0 Ashes home win for the first time - when the umpires took the sides off for bad light with the game minutes away from a thrilling climax, the home side requiring 21 in 24 balls.
Anderson told Sky Sports Ashes: "We know we can go to Australia and play even better. It feels pretty good to win the Ashes.
"It would have felt even better if we could have got the last few overs in there. I am delighted to have won the Ashes. Today was fantastic for the crowd.
"As it got closer and closer we really thought we could do it but unfortunately the light didn't hold out.
"But we are going to cherish this moment because it doesn't happen every often."
Captain Alastair Cook praised his players for winning the Ashes and also reserved credit for batsman Ian Bell who was named man of the series as well as England player of the series.
Cook said of the Warwickshire batsman: "He was outstanding with his three hundreds at crucial times. Every one of those guys in the team can be proud of what they've done.
"I knew we had the opportunity to win the Ashes here in England and I'm very proud of what the boys have done."