But of more concern for Strauss was the manner of England's two collapses on first morning of the Test and the final session on the third day, when seamer Mohammad Amir and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal ripped through the lower-middle order.
"We lost the match because of two poor sessions with the bat. We don't want to see these types of collapses," Strauss told Test Match Special.
"Pakistan are a dangerous side and their bowlers were outstanding on the first day and on Friday, when the ball was reverse swinging.
"Maybe we need to work on batting more time and to assess the conditions, but I don't think complacency comes into it.
"If you keep doing that then you're putting yourself under pressure unnecessarily, especially when it's the top order.
"But if you're asking are we bad players, I don't think that's true."
Although Strauss was critical of his top order, he heaped praise on under-pressure opening partner Alastair Cook, who ended a poor run of form with a confidence-boosting century in England's second innings.
The left-hander made almost half of England's total of 222 with a knock of 110, but his dismissal at 156-3 contributed to England's batting collapse.
"I'm really pleased to see Alastair Cook coming back into form," added Strauss. "To play like that in testing conditions was outstanding and is a great testament of his skills.
"He got himself in that position where he felt he had to prove himself. There was a huge amount of attention on him and having been in that position myself I know it's a very tough place for a batsman to be.
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