Strauss will be watching from the commentary box after retiring last year, but although Alastair Cook has replaced him as skipper, his place at the top of the order has been harder to fill. Nick Compton has impressed for Somerset this week and will turn out as a guest for Worcestershire against Australia next week, but Strauss still feels Root is the man for the job.
"He's dealt with everything that's come his way, including that punch," Strauss said, referencing Root getting punched by Australia's David Warner in a bar earlier this month. "He looks very composed, looks entirely capable of making that job his own and I'm looking forward to watching him and Alastair Cook."
The Warner punch was just one off-the-field incident to have troubled Australia over recent weeks, with a stormy tour coming to a head on Monday when Mickey Arthur was sacked as their coach and replaced by Darren Lehmann.
With all that considered, Strauss feels England have a great opportunity to retain the urn he and his team-mates so memorably won Down Under in the winter of 2010/11.
"England are in relatively very good shape. The Aussies have been in turmoil over the last few weeks, sacking their coach and David Warner whacking an England player," he said.
"England have gone about their business very quietly and have never had a better chance to win an Ashes series. The guys will be excited and I'm starting to get nervous."