Ben Hunt wins Queensland Maroons call-up for State of Origin decider

Consistent performer Even Queensland's Cameron Smith was rested after Origin II

Queensland chose debutants Cameron Munster and Ben Hunt on Monday but left out the in-form Daly Cherry-Evans for next week's State of Origin rugby league decider against New South Wales in Brisbane.

Cherry-Evans has been in fine form for the Manly Sea Eagles at NRL level and emerged as a possible replacement for injured star Johnathan Thurston but he was snubbed in favour of Hunt ahead of Origin III at Suncorp Stadium on July 12.

Walters and selectors Gene Miles and Darren Lockyer overlooked DCE for Ben Hunt, arguing the Brisbane No.7 offers better versatility off the bench.

If Hunt is selected to make his Origin debut for the Maroons it will come just one month after he was dropped to the Queensland Cup to play for Ipswich by Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

"DCE obviously came up in a lot of the discussions but Ben will be coming off the bench for us". I think if DCE was playing for us then he would have to be in the starting 13.

"We like what we see in Ben and he could possibly be the future for the Maroons as well".

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The Blues are aiming for just their second series win in 12 years, but have not won a deciding match in Brisbane since 2005.

"He was disappointed [at missing selection] but he was most disappointed with the media and what was a pretty personal attack on him", he said.

"That's probably the most disappointing thing for him and I agree with him".

"These rumours and nonsense are hogwash...him not fitting into the Maroons set-up couldn't be further from the truth".

"DCE's Origin career is well and truly alive", Walters declared.

Queensland: Will Chambers, Gavin Cooper, Cooper Cronk, Dane Gagai, Matt Gillett, Tim Glasby, Coen Hess, Valentine Holmes, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Michael Morgan, Cameron Munster, Dylan Napa, Josh Papalii, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith (captain), Jarrod Wallace.

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