Australia ODI & T20 Squad Members Training Session
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Adam Zampa of Australia warms up during a training session ahead of the ODI & T20 tour of Pakistan at Junction Oval on March 22, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Australia ODI & T20 Squad Members Training Session

Australian spin bowler Adam Zampa believes New Zealand made far better use of the conditions than the hosts during an 89-run loss to start the Super 12 stage at the T20 World Cup.

Billed as one of the biggest matches of the tournament between last year's two finalists - a match which was won by Australia in the United Arab Emirates - it would be New Zealand who returned serve to get the tournament underway in Australia's backyard.

Dishing out an 89-run victory, the Black Caps were on top of the contest with both bat and ball from start to finish.

Able to take Australia's bowling attack to town during the opening six-over powerplay, it was then the bowling attack who held their end of the bargain, with spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sohi in particular fantastic throughout a run chase which never got going for the hosts.

Australia were ultimately all out for 111 in the game, with Santner and Sodhi taking four wickets between them.

In the Australian fielding performance, Adam Zampa was the only spin bowler who made it to the crease, with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell ignored as all of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Marcus Stoinis bowled four overs a piece.

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New Zealand would score 200, and Zampa told reporters that Australia didn't use the conditions as well as New Zealand.

"New Zealand probably used the facilities a lot better than we did. We possibly took a little too long to take the pace off the ball," Zampa said.

"When I talk about making the right decisions early, it's do we take the pace off in the second over or third or fourth over just to change it up a bit?

"Possibly, Maxi would have been a great option.

"It felt like something needed to change. On reflection from everyone, even the quicks in the powerplay should have taken pace off more.

"Even I should have put my hand up and said I'll bowl one in the powerplay."

While Australia will be left questioning their performance in Sydney, it's a quick turnaround to a pitch that suits quicks in Perth for their second game, with a clash against Sri Lanka scheduled for Tuesday.