Pat Cummins (R) with teammates walk back to pavilion on the end of the play of 1st day of first Test match in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Friday. aP
His remarks came hours after at least 56 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in Peshawar's Kocha Risaldar area.
The success of Australia's first tour of Pakistan in 24 years could potentially lead to regular visits by top teams who have largely shunned the South Asian country since a 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.
A cricket fan holds welcoming placard for Australia during the 1st day of first Test match in Rawalpindi. AP
Hours after the six-week tour got underway with the opening Test in Rawalpindi, the bombing took place in Peshawar, some 140 kilometres from where the Australia team are staying in Islamabad.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
"Our thoughts are obviously with the people in Peshawar," McDonald said after the opening day's play in Rawalpindi. "For us we'd be guided by our security team.
"We're in really, really good hands, we have been since the guys landed. So we'll be guided by those people, the experts in the field [...] if anything were to change, clearly they will be able to be talking about (that)," the coach added.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has arranged presidential-style security for the entire tour which also includes Test matches in Karachi and Lahore followed by four limited-overs matches in Rawalpindi.
Earlier on Friday, PCB chief executive Faisal Hasnain hoped Australia's tour of Pakistan would encourage major cricket nations to shed their apprehensions and visit the country.
The series — Australia's first in Pakistan for 24 years — opened with a high scoring stalemate on a featherbed pitch in Rawalpindi before the hosts salvaged a fighting draw in Karachi on the back of an epic 196 from Azam.
Fast bowler Naseem Shah, the only Pakistan change from the second drawn Test at Karachi, picked up 2-36 to lead a fightback in the last session after Australia won the toss and opted to bat on another slow and low-bouncy wicket.
"It looks like a good wicket... as expected," Cummins told reporters on the eve of the match. He said Australia would probably go into the Test with three quick bowlers or two spinners. "We just want to have another look at the wicket," he said.
The Girls in Green, Fatima Sana and Shawal Zulfiqar, sailed the team towards victory. Fatima's 3 wickets for 18 runs guided the girls towards a crucial first win and Shawal's 41 runs off 42 balls helped Pakistan chase the 128-run target set by the Kiwis.
South Africa’s Blitzboks overcame a spirited Argentina 12-7 to lift their fifth straight Emirates Dubai 7s trophy – equaling the record for successive titles at a single location. Although Argentina had to settle for silver it represented their best ever result in Dubai.
The 18-year-old Bojica, whose entry on the big stage of women’s tennis came at the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open earlier this year, eased past Slovakia’s Nina Danisova 6-2, 6-3 in 99 minutes to set a meeting against eighth seed Peangtarn Plipuech of Thailand.
Connor Beasley claimed his 19th winner for the season with a treble at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Saturday, a haul that included victory in the feature Union Day Stakes, aboard Ahmad Bin Harmash’s Delorean, who went gate-to-wire in the contest over a mile. It was one of two wins for in-form trainer Harmash,