Will Smith gained a regular place in the Notts batting line-up in 2006; playing in all 26 One Day games and 14 of the 18 first-class fixtures. Despite this, he has elected to move to Durham for 2007.

Smith is a native of Bedfordshire and was educated at Bedford School, being in the eleven for four years. His best school summer was 1999, when he averaged 7.26 with the bat and 21.58 with the ball. He made his debut for both Bedfordshire and Notts Seconds - still aged only 16. In 2000, Smith played for England Under 17s; in the three seasons from 2003 to 2005 he attended Durham University, captaining the students for two years; he also led British Universities in 2005.