Strauss sits third amongst run scorers with 329 at a healthy average of 54.83 - on this basis alone he merits a place in any World Cup XI but it's his cunning exploitation of his spinning resources that has proved him to be the best tactician operating at the Cup so far. His cleverly timed use of Graeme Swann derailed both India and the West Indies and also played a big part in England's win over South Africa.
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