England’s Test captain was part of the white ball team which electrified the nation with the World Cup win in June.
And while wrestling the Ashes urn out of Australian hands has proved beyond them, Root believes squaring the series here at The Oval can still leave a positive spin on a great year.
“We set out to win both [the World Cup and the Ashes] and [we’re] disappointed not to manage to do that, but I think it’s been a fabulous year of cricket in England anyway,” he said.
“But I do think it is hugely important to win this game.”
England coach Trevor Bayliss will leave the dressing room at the end of this Test and Root insisted the best way to send him on his way was with a victory.
Root added: “Trevor has been a part of some very special wins in Test match – some series home and away which he should be extremely proud of as a coach.
“And the way he has transformed white ball cricket and been a part of that journey is incredible really.
“He has really rejuvenated how we look at the white ball game in this country and laid some really solid foundations for us to kick on and develop.
“We need to celebrate what Trevor has done throughout his tenure and as players we need to send him off with a real big bang.”
England make two changes for their squad for the fifth and final Test with Jason Roy and Craig Overton both dropped.
Sam Curran and Chris Woakes replace the pair to beef up the all-round options.
Ben Stokes is unfit to bowl on account of a shoulder injury but will play as a specialist batsman at four.
“Jason’s the unfortunate one to miss out,” said Root when the squad was announced.
“He’s had an opportunity to come in and play Test cricket, get a feel for it, and it’s not quite gone how he would have liked.”
Root explained of Stokes: ”He might be able to bowl a couple of overs here and there, but his batting, as this series has shown, is a massive part of our side and he rightly deserves to be in this team as just a batter, and a top-four batter.
“So he will I’m sure want to find different ways of getting himself into the game, even if it’s not with the ball.”
England team for fifth Ashes Test: Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root (capt), Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach.