Recovering Queensland halfback Cooper Cronk says he has no doubt his troublesome knee will hold up in the State of Origin decider on July 8 in Brisbane.
But Cronk does not want to be considered Queensland’s “saviour” ahead of their must-win Suncorp Stadium clash.
Cronk was sorely missed in the Maroons’ 26-18 game two loss to NSW in Melbourne, with fill-in No.7 Daly Cherry-Evans battling to find his feet.
He is set to reunite with halves partner Johnathan Thurston in the crunch showdown after backing up well from Thursday’s first field session of their game three Gold Coast camp.
Cronk backed himself to be at his best after sitting out his NRL club Melbourne’s Monday night clash with the Bulldogs as a precaution.
“To be honest it was touch and go for the Monday night game against the Bulldogs,” Cronk said on Friday.
“Physically I could have played but I didn’t want to be that guy icing his knee, missing sessions every second day in six to eight weeks’ time at the back end of the season.
“The smart decision was to rest.”
However, Cronk baulked at being seen as the man to turn around Queensland’s fortunes against a confident Blues on Wednesday night.
“I doubt that’s true but hopefully it plays a part next Wednesday night,” he said of being called Queensland’s “saviour”.
“I’d like to think the way I play the game helps others play their best football.
“But whether that’s (saviour) true or not I don’t really buy into that at all.
“The fact is you play your role within the team and you doing that helps someone else do their job.
“I do that every day of the week whether it’s here, for Australia or for Melbourne Storm.”
Cronk is primed for game three after the Melbourne star missed the chance to run out onto the MCG in Origin II.
“It was a tough game to sit through,” he said.
“If there was one game I didn’t want to miss on the rugby league calendar it was the game at the MCG.
“Let’s hope everything happens for a reason.”