Strauss is all smiles after England cruise through to the semi-finals
Andrew Strauss hailed England's batting display as the best he had seen as his side reached the Champions Trophy semi-finals at the expense of South Africa.
Owais Shah made 98, Paul Collingwood 82 and Eoin Morgan 67 as England hit 12 sixes in 323-8 to set up a 22-run win.
"Owais Shah played a gem of an innings, and the way he and Paul Collingwood played the spinners was brilliant.
"They set it all up for Eoin Morgan, and it was great the way the guys played their shots," said Strauss.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith batted superbly to put his side in with a chance of the victory they needed to stay in the tournament.
But when Stuart Broad ended the opener's outstanding innings on 141, with South Africa on 274-9, England's victory was effectively sealed.
Highlights - England through to Trophy semis
But the victory in Centurion was not achieved without controversy as Strauss refused Smith the assistance of a runner when the big left-hander began to suffer from cramp towards the end of his innings.
"He asked me for a runner because he was cramping, the umpires were not particularly keen to give him one, and I felt at the end of a long game when you have had a long innings you are going to be tired," said Strauss.
"That is one of the things that happens and cramping to a certain extent is a preparation thing and to a certain extent a conditioning thing.
"I didn't feel he merited having a runner at that stage. My personal view is you shouldn't get a runner for cramps full stop."
But Smith was far from happy with Strauss.
"From my perspective it seemed a little bit inconsistent," said Smith. "Players have got runners for cramp in the past and there needs to be a level of consistency there.
England were positive and we just never matched up. Two of our three games we've conceded over 300 runs and we need to look at that facet of our game
"The thing I have learned from this game is that the world is round and it is going to come back somewhere in his captaincy.
"It will be interesting to see how he handles it if it happens again. It was a crucial part of the game, I had been on the field for 95 overs and had cramped up."
However, Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, said he supporting Strauss.
"Andrew Strauss is certainly not a soft touch," Morris told BBC Radio 5 live. "He plays absolutely within the spirit of the game.
"Obviously Graeme Smith was suffering. We are at 6,000 feet altitude and he is struggling for a bit of air so I think Andrew Strauss was quite within his rights to do what he did."
As well as England's batting, Strauss was also happy with the way his side had gone about defending their total.
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