Stuart Broad. Photo- Getty
Stuart Broad. Photo- Getty

England fast bowler Stuart Broad believes the Ben Stokes-led team should “perform a style of cricket that people like to watch” to attract fans.

Tickets at the home of cricket were still plentiful two days before the start of the first Test of a three-match series against New Zealand.

Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes
Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes. Image: Twitter

Over the first four days of the marquee match of England’s international summer, over 16,000 seats are empty.

The Cricket Supporters’ Association emphasized the ‘astronomically high’ cost of tickets.

According to the association, “The MCC might have recognized ticket sales have been down weeks ago and could have opened up ticket sales with a different pricing system for this specific game.”

“It’s not rocket science, but this could have been a fantastic opportunity to showcase test cricket to a wider audience at one of the world’s best grounds.”

‘The style of cricket’ was valuable’: Stuart Broad

Broad, who returned to England’s team after missing the recent Caribbean tour, said the style of cricket’ was valuable in capturing the attention of fans.

“We have to build on that style of cricket and have a style that people want to watch to attract an audience,” Broad said.

Stuart Broad of England. Photo- AP
Stuart Broad of England. Photo- AP

“Trent Bridge for the second Test in Nottingham has managed to sell out for the first three days, denoting that the squad still has huge backing. From the perspective of a player, we must make a vow that we won’t be thrilling and attract people through the doors,” Stuart Broad Added.

England’s Test squad is in poor form, despite winning just one of its last 17 games, despite new skipper Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum.

England and New Zealand will square off in the first of three Tests on Thursday, June 2. Lord’s, cricket’s home ground, will host this match.

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