When you report on a sport, there's a responsibility to point out its mistakes. Cricket Australia in 2017 has been generous with this opportunity. In the same vein, it's fair to acknowledge when CA gets something right.
Whoever decided that the Women's Ashes Test should be a day-night affair made a masterful call. As CA reporter Sam Ferris observed, we can now announce that the last daytime Test for women in this country was in 2013.
When play kicked off at 2:30pm on the second day of the game at North Sydney Oval, there was a scattered and modest crowd in the ground. Not empty, but not inspiring when you looked around the stands.
This isn't historically unusual for Australia, which still lags behind England in terms of getting spectators through the gates for women's internationals.
There was a vocal core, in the form of perhaps 50 to 100 members of the Richies, the group of Benaud impersonators that shows up to day two of Australian Test matches. But there may only have been a few hundred civilians besides.
This was the number watching England's tail slap the ball around, the last three wickets fall, then the Australian openers begin a watchful hour up until tea.
But as the day rolled on, past 5:00pm, things began to change. The shadows lengthened, the sunlight bronzed, and more and more people appeared.
There was no great influx. Instead the crowds on the far grass banks thickened imperceptibly like soup. Patches of grass became harder to see. Benches and retaining walls filled out. The burble of voices grew, to the point where you suddenly became aware of a volume that had already been there.
There were long lines at the bars, clusters of people in hospitality areas, blokes leaning on the fence near the sight screens in earnest contemplation. There were fundraisers moving their wares, and groups of kids rushing the fence to get near players.
Most striking was the cheerful nature of the atmosphere. The smells of cooking food, the laughter and conversation. This was a social event as much as a sporting one.
Attention swung back to the game as Australia stumbled to 4 for 95. Sophie Ecclestone's pressure with her left-arm spin brought a couple of wickets. No one needed to see Elyse Villani's shot, but everyone needed to see Sarah Taylor's catch.
The Richies were the source of local cheer as Ellyse Perry and Rachael Haynes did the rebuilding. What was notable in the ranks of the beige, the cream, the off-white and the bone, was how many female Richies made up the group.
Kat Byron is usually one of a handful. "We were pumped to get female trumpet players, we did a bit of a shoot for the Telegraph. So I think we did a really good job. You can see the ratios: there's only like the token dudes."
Pointing to a bearded chap nearby, she grinned. "This guy's a blow-in, he's just recently blended in and put the hairnet on." His light-coloured suit had been deemed sufficiently part of the Beige Rainbow.
Richies organiser Michael Hennessy had asked the women in the group, "if we were going to do this at the women's Test, how should it be?"
"We didn't change much except a few songs. You're cheering on Australia. We did try to do a call to arms to get female Richies on board, and be at least 50 per cent female, but I reckon we're probably over 80 per cent. It's a huge turnout."
Songs aren't in the Australian sporting DNA, not the way they are for England and so many others. Up close, the Richies sing in the same unconvincing mumble as atheists doing hymns. But from a distance the effect still works.
Perry was aware of them in the middle. "Such a great atmosphere, and an absolute pleasure being out there," she said after play. She played her own part in keeping the non-Richie crowd engaged, as she defied the supposedly tricky evening session by lacing cover drives through the field.
But late in the piece, tension grew. England's bowlers finished 70 overs and their ball was as soft as a white-collar prison sentence. So they whirred through 10 overs of spin and got the new missile with 20 minutes to go.
It screamed off Haynes' edge, between first and second slip. Maybe a touch of fingertips on the way by. You'd best believe the crowd was alive. A couple of overs to go. The next ball crashed into the captain's pad, dead in front.
Suddenly the match reports saying "evenly poised" were being deleted, and "advantage England" was clacked out instead. Such were the margins.
A tight day of Test cricket and a social occasion rolled into one. A crowd of 3,613 enjoying one or both. A Friday night under lights, and finished in time to hit the next venue before even Sydney laws could lock anyone out.
Perry will be back for Saturday. She won't be the only one.