In a standard world Amy Smith says she would have celebrated her sixteenth birthday by having a low-key social gathering with household and mates at an area pub or cafe.
However 2020 is something however regular.
The younger Australian leg-spinner spent her big day final week locked in a bio-secure bubble with the world’s finest feminine cricketers on the Girls’s Huge Bash League.
“I’m going to recollect it for a very long time,” Smith advised BBC Sport. “It’s most likely the very best one but.”
It was totally different however there have been some similarities: a cake, balloons, a rendition of Completely satisfied Birthday, a meal contained in the lodge and a lie-in.
“The women went to the seaside within the morning,” Smith mentioned. “I did not – I slept in. They had been leaving at 8am. That’s too early for me.”
A typical teenager then? Not an opportunity.
Smith’s call-up by the Hobart Hurricanes this 12 months got here regardless of her having made solely two senior 50-over appearances for her state Tasmania. She has not appeared again.
Her first Huge Bash wicket – that of South Africa batter Lizelle Lee – made her the second youngest wicket-taker within the match’s historical past at 15 years, 11 months and 18 days.
She adopted that by dismissing Australia internationals Ashleigh Gardner and Erin Burns in the identical over in opposition to the Sydney Sixers and a recreation later noticed off Rachael Haynes, a participant with 130 caps for Australia.
“Priesty (Hurricanes and New Zealand wicketkeeper Rachel Priest) has joked that I simply get internationals out,” Smith mentioned.
“I used to be going into that over (in opposition to the Sixers) considering I might get hit for a number of sixes right here. It was very nice to get them.”
Smith, who took up leg-spin after watching movies of Australia legend Shane Warne, bowls with an brisk sure to the crease and a quick arm.
Gardner, a key participant in Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup win this 12 months, was bowled by a googly, and Hurricanes skipper Corinne Corridor has mentioned Smith has “outstanding maturity” for her age.
Smith has loved a number of pinch-yourself moments within the match.
“There have been a number of, particularly in opposition to the Sixers with the Australia gamers and different internationals in that staff,” she mentioned.
“Once I was fielding I keep in mind considering ‘OK, that is Ellyse Perry on strike and I’m bowling to her. That is fairly cool.'”
Smith has not simply been taking part in in opposition to world stars; she has been residing with them.
The coronavirus guidelines for this 12 months’s match meant all 250 gamers, coaches and officers have been locked in a single bio-secure hub in Sydney – the Olympic village from the 2000 Video games.
Smith spends most of her time along with her personal team-mates – typically gaming with West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews – however you can’t assist bumping into others, as a lot as she could dislike the “awkward elevator chat”.
“It was a bit overwhelming to begin with however you make a number of mates,” Smith mentioned.
“I ran into Ellyse Perry within the fitness center within the second week and I used to be like, ‘wow – that is simply Ellyse Perry. She performs for Australia!'”
The bubble is usually a peculiar place.
New Zealand internationals and couple Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu have their 10-month previous baby Grace living with them within the village.
Smith is the youngest of a handful of gamers who’ve schoolwork to finish of their spare time away from matches and coaching.
On the day of our interview Smith had already accomplished some maths homework. There may be English, geography, historical past and science to do on different days.
“In comparison with my staff I’m fairly busy,” she mentioned.
“(Staff-mate) Nic Carey checked out my maths work the opposite day and mentioned ‘when the Xs are there I simply overlook about it’.
“A number of are a bit youthful and say ‘I type of keep in mind’ however not many will help.”
The match reaches its climax this weekend however the Hurricanes is not going to be concerned. They completed backside of the desk and missed out on the play-off stage.
Smith performed in each match and completed with eight wickets at 28.62 – solely Matthews and Carey took extra.
“There have been a number of video games I’m not as comfortable about however you may’t win all of them,” she mentioned. “I’m comfortable I’ve obtained a number of wickets and it has been popping out properly.”
If first impressions are something to go by, Smith could must get used to her new firm.