“We have got two-and-a-half years to prepare very well for it. I think it has to be a real focus for English cricket to do everything we can to be in the best possible space for that.
“I want to be at the front of that, I want to be leading it and hopefully be the man to bring the Ashes back to England.
“It has been a wonderful summer of cricket. The World Cup win was phenomenal and guys have given absolutely everything in this Ashes series.
6:59 Highlights from day four of the fifth Test as England beat Australia by 135 runs
“Collectively we have shown a lot of character throughout the whole series. We have not always played our absolute best but we have fought really hard.”
The Oval Test marked the end of Trevor Bayliss’ four-year reign as head coach and Root was quick to praise the Australian’s impact on the team and in particular Ben Stokes.
Stokes’ stellar summer included starring in the World Cup final and a remarkable 135 in the third Ashes Test at Headingley as England pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win.
3:23 Ben Stokes' match-winning four at Headingley was an amazing moment, whichever angle you watch it from
“Trev is brilliant,” Root said of outgoing coach Bayliss, who helped take England to No 1 in the ICC ODI rankings and to their maiden global 50-over title.
“He has added a huge amount to this Test team. He has been involved in some fantastic series wins home and away and what he has done for white-ball cricket is phenomenal.
“He is much valued in the dressing room, has a great sense of humour. We all played for him this week and are really pleased to send him off in a great fashion.
“He has allowed guys like Ben to play their way, to not be afraid to express themselves. Look at Ben’s development over that period. He is now one of the world’s best all-rounders.
9:08 Outgoing head coach Trevor Bayliss joined Rob Key ahead of his final Test in charge to reflect on his time with England
“Over a period of time you get very strong relationships with players and coaches and those two (Bayliss and Stokes) have gelled very well.
“There is a good element of banter, they enjoy taking the mickey out of one another, and a huge amount of respect between them as well. That counts for a huge amount.”