THE enormity of Tommy Jackson's latest cricketing feat dawned on him as he scrolled through a list of past winners.
The Woodford export-turned-Geelong rising star was named the 2019 Australian Cricket Society young cricketer of the year at a ceremony in Melbourne on Friday night.
Jackson, 18, etched his name alongside past winners including Australian one-day skipper Aaron Finch and fellow national representatives Merv Hughes, Damien Fleming, Brad Hodge, Cameron White, Matthew Wade, James Pattinson, Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb.
Victorian prodigy Will Pucovski, who was on the verge of earning his Baggy Green during the Australian summer, and Mortlake export Georgia Wareham are others to be recognised.
"I was sitting there and I was reading the booklet of the previous winners and I was just happy to be on the same list as some of them players," Jackson said.
"Me and Dad were reading through them and couldn't believe some of the players who have won it before me, so it was pretty special.
"People like Aaron Finch and a younger player like Will Pucovski. They're two of my favourite cricketers."
Jackson's standout Victorian Premier Cricket First XI debut season, in which he scored three centuries including one on debut and another in the grand final, caught the Australian Cricket Society's attention.
He also represented Vic Country at the under-19 national championships.
The top-order batsman also dabbles in wicket-keeping and was rapt to meet Australian Test captain Tim Paine at the awards ceremony.
"He chatted about Geelong with me and he asked about what I do," Jackson said.
"He's a really nice fella so it was good to meet him."
Jackson said it was humbling to immerse himself among the country's top-end talent but was wary of picturing himself in their shoes.
"It is my dream but I will see what happens," he said.
"I still have a long way to go and have to keep working hard.
"I try not to look too much into it. I'll just try and keep focused and try and stay in the present.
"All that stuff will just take care of itself."
The Geelong-based Jackson will juggle Victorian commitments with his Victorian Premier Cricket duties in 2019-20.
He has been invited to train with the Victorian futures league squad.
"I am looking forward to that because it will be a step up and it will give me a good challenge," he said.
"I have had a fair break (since the season finished in April), I've been back home (to Warrnambool) and seen family a fair bit and I started back training last weekend with Dad hitting balls.
"I am loving training again. I've missed it. I've been doing a bit of fitness and have been working on my running."
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