They surfaced slowly, with bleary eyes hidden behind sunglasses and voices full of gravel, but the mere mention of Shane Warne's name brought wry grins from Australia's Ashes heroes.
It was the morning after the night before, when the spin king had thrown the party to end all parties - a blow-out affair at one of Crown Perth's VIP Mansions.
It was a celebration befitting a straight-sets thumping of the old enemy and according to Michael Clarke, a night everyone would "remember forever".
"I think I'll keep the sunglasses on," Clarke said yesterday morning. "We celebrated together and I guess just a big, special thank you to Shane Warne for throwing the team a party. Last night was about enjoying what's just happened - bringing the Urn home."
Clarke's wife Kyly, who looked fresher than the players, took to social media to thank Warne. "What a night of celebrations. Thanks @shanewarne23 for your hospitality & @CrownMetropol. Unreal time with my Husband #memories," she said.
But the night did not end happily for all. Just hours earlier, Ryan Harris had voiced his disgust on Twitter at being refused entry to the casino, urging people to avoid Crown Perth and ending his tweet with "#d***heads".
Crown Perth declined to comment but coach Darren Lehmann stressed it was not an opinion shared by the rest of the team.
"I haven't spoken to Ryan Harris but at the end of the day that's not our view," Lehmann said. "Crown Casino were fantastic with us."
He also sang Warne's praises.
"To have us around in those sorts of surrounds with all our families and friends was fantastic," he said. "Great host, one of the best ever he is. It was outstanding."
As Harris apologised from Melbourne, teammate David Warner recalled his own Twitter rant which attracted a $5750 fine from Cricket Australia in May. "We know not to go to Twitter," he said. "I've learnt my lesson."
Warner had few words as he packed his bags into a taxi, but he was Shakespearean compared with fellow opener Chris Rogers. When asked how he was, Rogers didn't bother playing a straight bat. "I'm drunk," he said. "Warney's party was amazing." Perth centurion Shane Watson said he was looking forward to relaxing at home after Warne's bash.
"It was brilliant," he said. "He's always been a great supporter of not just me but everyone in the team, so it was great to be able to share it with him as well."