DERMOT Reeve will captain the England squad to play in the Cathay Pacific/Wharf Holdings Hong Kong Sixes on October 1-2 at the Kowloon Cricket Club. 'It will be a big thrill' said Reeve who was born, and learnt his cricket, in the territory, before moving to England where he is leading county side Warwickshire to a place in the record books. 'I'm really happy. It is a big thing for me to lead an England side for the first time. And I'm more thrilled as it will be in the country of my birth,' said Reeve yesterday. The final two places in the England squad were also filled yesterday. Batsman Robin Smith (Hampshire) and all-rounder Chris Lewis (Nottinghamshire) were pencilled-in by the organisers. Smith and Lewis will join Reeve, John Emburey, Neil Fairbrother, Matthew Maynard, Mark Ramprakash and Gladstone Small in England's defence of the title they won last year. 'It is a good side and I'm confident that we will be able to retain the title once again,' said Reeve, who has led Warwickshire to two titles this season. With West Indian master batsman Brian Lara leading the way, Warwickshire have already bagged the English County championship and the Benson and Hedges one-day title. They lost the NatWest Trophy final to Worcestershire on Monday, but Reeve has his eyes set on winning the Sunday League. 'We are still in sight of creating history. We have to beat Hampshire and Gloucestershire to make certain of winning the Sunday League, and I'm confident we can do it,' said Reeve. 'It has been a great season so far, and I hope this winning vein continues in Hong Kong,' he added. Many observers in England had expected Reeve to be picked, if not as captain, for the England A tour of India in January next year. But the all-rounder missed out. 'I was disappointed that I did not make the side. But it is a nice consolation for me that I will be able to lead England at the Hong Kong Sixes,' said Reeve. None of the England Sixes squad are in the Ashes squad for Australia in October. The absence of Lewis, who cracked a sparkling 220 in a county match last week, is the most surprising. 'Lewis will be an able replacement for Phil DeFreitas this time,' said Reeve. DeFreitas was named the Man-of-the-Tournament at last year's Sixes. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong squad for November's Tuanku Ja'afar Trophy will be a blend of the territory's top cricketers and development squad players. The executive committee of the Hong Kong Cricket Association, which met last night, decided that this would be the best course of action so as to encourage the growth of the game here while still putting forward a competitive team. 'That is the guidelines we will give Rod Starling and his selection committee. It will be up to them to pick the final team, within these guidelines,' Peter Slack, Chairman of the HKCA said last night. The Tuanku Ja'afar Trophy will be hosted by Hong Kong and will also include Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The development squad comprises Chinese and anyone else born in Hong Kong. This latter category includes quite a number of players who represented the territory at the ICC mini-World Cup tournament.