He got the call up while getting ready for his Second Grade match on the opposite side of the Swan River.

The gutsy 18-year-old then had to cut his warm-up short, collect his gear and hit the road, leaving little time for the protocols a player needs before such a momentous occasion.

“There wasn’t really much lead up to the debut,” Smith said.

“Dain Moreton got injured in the warm up playing soccer, rolled his ankle quite badly and I think he’s out for a few weeks, so that’s why I got the call up when I was warming up at Floreat Park.

“When I got there, the cover was still on and I didn’t know if I was even going to play after everything. Luckily the weather held out and I got my cap presented to me, it was pretty weird all up.” 

While Smith undoubtedly has the talent to thrive at the top level, highlighted by representing his state at Under 15’s and 17’s level and representing his country in Under 16’s, it didn’t stop the young batsman from experiencing a serious bout of nerves before stepping out onto the ground.

“I was pretty nervous at the start, I didn’t really know what to expect,” he said.

“It was mainly because I didn’t get to prepare with the short build up, but one of the senior boys, Tom Scollay, eased my nerves a bit with a few kind words and made me feel a bit more confident.”

After mastering his nerves, Smith scored a respectable 20 runs (including three fours) off 16 balls late in the innings, where he faced Perth Scorchers bowler Jason Behrendorff and a new, intense brand of cricket.

“The biggest difference was the intensity of the game,” he said.

“The intensity was higher for longer and it was just smarter cricket and smarter batting, really.

“It was pretty cool, facing up to Behrendorff, I didn’t think too much about it at the time. I just made sure I was watching the ball when I was out there, but thinking back on it, it was a pretty cool experience.”

The Demons have started the season with a flurry, sitting fourth on the ladder with three wins and one loss.

Although finals are a long way away at this stage of the year, Smith believes his side has what it takes to stay in the top six, where he hopes to be a mainstay in the Demons batting line up.

“I think we’ve been pretty good so far this season,” he said.

“I think everyone is really confident in themselves and the team, it’s just about everyone backing themselves in a playing to our strengths and having fun.

“I’m not really a power hitter, more of an accumulator, so I just like to rotate the strike and play smart cricket. I think my defensive technique, knowing when to leave the ball, hit singles off good balls is alright, so hopefully if I keep contributing, I can hold my spot.”

Perth’s Round 5 Two-Day match against Scarborough continues on Saturday at 11:40am at Fletcher Park.