Hobart Hurricanes keeper Emily Smith hard done by, say Test greats Shane Warne, Michael Vaughan

PREOCCUPIED: Hobart Hurricanes keeper Emily Smith on that fateful day in Burnie during a warmup between rain - and social media posts. Picture: Simon Sturzaker
PREOCCUPIED: Hobart Hurricanes keeper Emily Smith on that fateful day in Burnie during a warmup between rain - and social media posts. Picture: Simon Sturzaker

Test greats Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan have voiced their dismay over the penalty that was handed out to Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper Emily Smith.

The 24-year-old has been banned effectively for three months after a further nine months was suspended that includes missing all forms of cricket after breaching the anti-corruption code.

Smith's decision to post the Hurricanes' team lineup during a rain delay in Burnie on social media before it was announced paved the way for former Riverside keeper Emma Manix-Geeves just two days later to debut.

Warne had been banned in 2003 for 12 months over testing positive to a banned diuretic pill, but escaped a sanction in 1995 after he and Mark Waugh accepted cash for supplying information to a bookie about match conditions and team selection.

The legspinner, who took 708 Test wickets, felt Smith's actions were harmless.

"I think it is too harsh of a penalty for that," Warne said.

"I think she should have been allowed to play, but she should be put on probation and tell her you do that again and you'll get rubbed out for a year. Cop your fine, but you're allowed to play."

Vaughan felt Smith was "hung out to dry" and that the entire 12-month ban should be suspended.

Smith has elected not to appeal the suspension.

"I am amazed that the Australian Cricketers Association and the players haven't got behind her. What did she really do wrong? She made a naive mistake," he said.

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