During the 1st Analysis at Lords in the 2005 Ashes alternation Glenn McGrath became the fourth bowler in history to booty 500 Analysis wickets with the adjournment of Marcus Trescothick. This wicket was additionally the alpha of a actual advantageous spell of 5-2 which led to England actuality bowled out for 155. McGrath took 4-29 in the 2nd innings and was called man of the bout in a absolute Australian victory.
McGrath trod on a candid brawl and afflicted his abate the morning afore the alpha of the 2nd Analysis at Edgbaston and was clumsy to comedy in the bout in which England accumulated 407 runs in one day adjoin the McGrath-less bowling advance to win by 2 runs. He was rushed aback aback not absolutely fit for the 3rd Analysis at Old Trafford, area he becoming addition 5-wicket booty in the 2nd innings of a fatigued game, batting in a last-wicket affiliation with Brett Lee in the aftermost hour of the Analysis to abjure an English victory. He again absent the 4th Analysis at Trent Bridge, which England won by 3 wickets, with an bend injury. McGrath alternate for the final Analysis at The Oval but he, and the blow of the Australian team, were clumsy to force a aftereffect and the bout was drawn, giving England the alternation win. McGrath's abrasion problems are apparent as a key agency in England regaining the Ashes, as their victories came in matches in which he was absent.
Australia hosted England in the 2006-07 Ashes alternation and bound regained the Ashes, assault England 5-0, alone the additional 5-0 alternation blanch in Ashes history (the aboriginal time was by the Australian aggregation during the 1920-1921 Ashes Series). Having taken a breach from candid aback April 2006, McGrath acclimated the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy to accost his atom in Australia's analysis XI. He took a 6 wicket booty in his improvement innings in the aboriginal analysis at the Gabba to set the accent for the blow of the series, with Australia acceptable aback the Ashes in a almanac breaking 15 canicule of play. McGrath took 21 wickets in the alternation at an boilerplate of 23.90, as able-bodied as scoring 10 runs and demography 1 bolt in what was to be his final analysis series. In his adventures McGrath wrote:
There was an absurd faculty of affect and bliss as I absolved about the Sydney Candid Ground with my team-mates, captivation easily with my children, James and Holly. I didn't feel the aboriginal faculty of anguish about retiring. I knew I'd accomplished the end; my anatomy told me that. And alike added importantly, I'd realised that those appropriate moments I was missing in the activity and times of my ancestors were too abundant ... the moments had become weeks at a time, and I didn't like it.