Origin I takes place at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Wednesday, and Smith is delighted to be lining up alongside Cronk.
“He just knows our game plan really well,” Smith told reporters Down Under.
“He executes game plans, whereas Johnathan Thurston‘s a little bit different. He likes to play what’s in front of him and what presents itself in a defensive line.
“It’s good to have that guy, if things aren’t going right he knows how to fall back on structures, and he’s got a really strong kicking game as well, which you need in Origin, and we’ll be relying on that heavily on Wednesday.”