England s World Cup win under the leadership of one-day specialist Eoin Morgan achieved a long-held goal but Root rejected suggestions that meant the pressure to regain the Ashes had eased as a result.

“I think if you speak to anyone who has captained England and is on the verge of an Ashes series, to say it doesn t mean as much as any other event, I don t think any of them would agree,” he said.

“It s huge. It s a great opportunity. Cricket in this country is probably at an all-time high, it s got interest it probably hasn t had for a long time and we ve got an opportunity as a team to make this summer a very memorable one.”

Root is going back up to number three in the batting order and Joe Denly dropping down to four as England look to shore up their struggling line-up.

“I think it s important to spread the experience out and it gives me an opportunity to lead from the front as well,” said Root, England s best batsman.

“I also feel I m in a place where I ve got my head around the captaincy and my batting and I m able to separate the two.”

World Cup-winner Jofra Archer will have to wait for his Test debut after the fast bowler was left out of England s team announced on Wednesday following his struggles with a side injury.

“Jofra is obviously coming back from a very serious injury,” said Root. “We looked at conditions, what we thought was best… and it also allows him time to get absolutely ready and fit.”