A slight cold aside, the 26-year-old's first pre-match press conference before Thursday's series opener with South Africa was typically upbeat, and was spent fielding questions about plans for the new era and the decision to bring back his Yorkshire team-mate, Ballance, at No3 in a move that sees himself drop down a spot.
Root said: "I've decided on the team, Liam is going to play".
South Africa are more than usually vulnerable because have their most inexperienced batting line-up of the past 20 years - Hashim Amla stands out - and a new captain in Dean Elgar for this match, before Faf du Plessis returns from the hard birth of his first child.
This season he's been in great form with the bat, scoring three centuries in the County Championship with Essex and averaging 66.7 in his 10 innings, so there's no doubt he'll be full of confidence and raring to go.
'Hopefully he will get off to a cracking start this week and show everyone that he's an worldwide cricketer.
"I got through the Lord's final here on Saturday without any problems and I actually bowled on the Wednesday and Friday before that with no pain as well", Broad told Sky Sports.
He told Sky Sports: 'Gary has been in great form this summer and we know he can do it in worldwide cricket. South Africa have a really good record in England and are a very risky team...
Besides winning both this summer's series, Root will be desperate to ensure that he continues to score the runs that have been his hallmark since bursting into the team in 2012.
"I don't think he has captained me in a tour game or anything, so I am excited for him and I am sure he is looking forward to getting going".