James Smith made his domestic debut for South Australia in T20 and one-day at the age of 18 in 2006-07, but only made his initial appearance in the 2008-09 season, after earning a state rookie contract for the season.
The talented right-handed batsman has made a niche for himself in the opening department of the South Australian set up. He had a very successful campaign in the 2009-10 season. His most noteworthy innings of 116 came against Tasmania at the Adelaide Oval in 2010. He is known for not being rash and this quality helps his team to rely on him to build a steady platform while opening.