ALBURY coach Luke Styles has rated star import Innocent Kaia the equal of any batsman he's seen in Cricket Albury-Wodonga.
Kaia's chanceless 109 against East Albury at Alexandra Park on Saturday drew high praise from teammates and the opposition with Styles saying the former Zimbabwean under-19 player had already made a big imprint at Billson Park.
"He's a gun, an absolute gun," Styles said.
"His batting is miles ahead.
"I've played with some good batsmen over the years like Barton (Rod) and Andrew Lade and these blokes but he's the most composed.
"He's as good as I have seen around here."
Kaia, 27, hit seven boundaries and three sixes in his knock to ensure Albury reeled in East Albury's total with relative ease.
He has made scores of 41, three, 78 and 109 since joining the club.
"He's cricket mad," Styles said.
"He just loves it and always wants to practice.
"I think Andrew Lade is the best cricketer because he could do everything but Innocent isn't far off because he bowls good leg spin as well."
Kaia has played 27 first-class matches and made his T20 debut for Zimbabwe in the 2017 Africa Cup.
Sixth-placed Albury take on St Patrick's on Saturday.