"I want him to be really proud of me": How Jackson Warne stepped out of dad Shane Warne's shadow

''I'm not just Shane Warne's son.''

By Bella Brennan
As the only son of late cricketing legend Shane Warne, Australia has watched Jackson Warne, who turned 23 on May 20, 2022, grow up right before our eyes.
From the adorable blonde baby boy who would run after his father on the cricket field to an independent young adult in his own right, Jackson was never one to rest on his dad's laurels.
The middle child of Shane Warne and ex-wife Simone Callahan explained during a stint on SAS Australia: "I want to prove I'm not just Shane Warne's son. I'm tougher than that. I want him to be really proud of me."
Tragically, he lost his dad not long after when Shane died suddenly in March 2022 and Jackson, along with sister Brooke, 24, and Summer, 20, were left to pick up the pieces.
While Shane and Jackson shared an extremely close relationship, the cricket legend previously admitted he never projected his love of the sport onto his son.
"I never pushed Jackson into cricket... He played it for a year, took a hat-trick - took four wickets in five balls - bowling a little bit of leg-spin or with the seam, smashed a few with the bat. Still, the game didn't really grab him," the cricket commentator revealed to the Sun Herald.
WATCH: Shane Warne's son Jackson speaks at his memorial service. Story continues after video.
Despite his father's high profile as one of the nation's most well-known sports stars, Jackson says to him and his sisters, he was still just dad.
"I think I speak for Brooke, Summer and myself, we don't see him as anyone else other than just our dad," Jackson told the Sun Herald.
"We don't see him as a legend. All the names people call him, we just see him like our dad and that's it. We don't feel privileged. He does what every dad loves to do."
Following Shane Warne's tragic passing, it's clear to see just how special the father-son bond was with Jackson calling the cricket legend "the best father and best mate anyone could've asked for".
Keep scrolling as we take a look back at the evolution of Jackson Warne, from Shane Warne's mini-me son to a star in his own right