SOMERSET head coach Jason Kerr has hailed the maturity of breakout star Tom Banton and urged the 20-year-old to "let other people do the talking" with regard to what the future may hold.

Banton blasted his maiden T20 century against Kent in front of a full house in Taunton and the Sky Sports cameras on Saturday night.

The innings added to his growing reputation following a season which has seen him impress for Somerset in all three formats.

He has received compliments on social media from the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Nasser Hussain, while some pundits have suggested including Banton in England's limited overs squads for the upcoming winter tours.

There are also reports of IPL scouts circling as Banton's star continues to rise.

Kerr said: "I think Tom will enjoy the adulation, like anyone would.

"But what is great about Tom is the way he is completely focused and switched on when he is out in the middle.

"It would be easy to get carried away but he keeps putting in consistent performances.

"He displays a maturity beyond his years with the bat and has done so in all three formats this summer.

"For me, one of his most impressive innings was in the Championship against Surrey at Guildford [Banton made 44].

"He left the ball really well against a quality attack and helped wrestle the initiative back in our favour.

"He has also taken apart some of the best bowling attacks in the country but it is important he lets other people do the talking.

"If he keeps doing what he is doing, the rest will take care of itself."

Many have drawn comparisons between Banton and Jos Buttler, for various reasons.

Both are wicketkeeper-batsmen who attended King's College and came through the Somerset academy, both are 360° players with a vast array of inventive strokes and both attribute that to playing hockey as youngsters.

Kerr, who was academy director at Somerset when Buttler was coming through the ranks, said: "They are both such exciting players and it is an inevitable comparison in many ways.

"They are fulfilling different roles - Bants is at the top of the order whereas Jos bats in the middle - and Tom is already making a name for himself in his own right.

"They share a real hunger for runs, which bodes well."

Kerr also admitted to a sense of "frustration" at the lack of English coaches set to be a part of 'The Hundred' in its inaugural season.

Former South African international Gary Kirsten will lead the Cardiff-based men's team, set to be called Western Fire, with Australia Women coach Matthew Mott to lead the women's side.

They join the likes of Shane Warne, Andrew McDonald and Simon Katich in taking control of the new city-based teams.

Kerr said: “There is some frustration [about the lack of English coaches] as it is our own competition.

"But I can understand why they have gone with coaches who are experienced in franchise cricket around the world.

"English coaches do not have too much franchise experience at the moment and we will see what opportunities are created down the line."